Girls' state soccer: Eubanks scores 4 goals in Tates Creek's 6-3 win

mmaloney@herald-leader.comOctober 29, 2013 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Mallory Eubanks is a team player.

Tuesday, she put her team on her back, leading Tates Creek to a 6-3 victory over Bishop Brossart in the semi-state round of the girls' State Soccer Tournament at Northern Kentucky University.

Creek, the defending state champion, advances to Saturday's State quarterfinals at Lafayette, to meet Lawrence County.

Playing against a team that had allowed nine goals all season, Eubanks scored four and assisted on two.

"I try my best to do what I can," said Eubanks, who has 36 goals and 22 assists her senior season. "My other teammates know what to do and they know how to play. It's not about me. It's about my teammates; it's about the fans; it's about this program; it's about everything."

The second-ranked Commodores (20-4-3) turned to Eubanks after seeing a 3-0 lead cut to 3-2. She responded with three consecutive goals.

"I'm not surprised," Coach Bo Lankster said of Eubanks' big game. "She's just that kind of player. She's explosive. But more than her talent, it's her will to win. She just wants to win so bad. She is a great teammate."

No. 11 Bishop Brossart (17-4), which had won nine consecutive matches by a cumulative 44-0, trailed 2-0 at halftime.

Eubanks opened the scoring less than six minutes in, when Aaron Lankster's shot was deflected by a Brossart defender to Eubanks.

About 11 minutes later, Eubanks sent a cross to Ashley Whaley for a 2-0 lead.

The Mustangs were further deflated with 3:53 left in the half, when a would-be goal by Nicole Goderweis was negated by an offsides call.

Just over two minutes into the second half, Eubanks centered to JoJo Gullo for a 3-0 lead.

Brossart rallied to within a goal, though, getting goals by Abby Stadtmiller with 29:40 left and at 21:32.

"We always get together after every goal and we talk about what we need to do," Eubanks said. "Our defense tells us what we need to do because they can see the whole field, and we've got to be strong. We just came together as a team. We knew it wasn't over and we had to play stronger and harder."

About four minutes later, Eubanks dribbled deep into the penalty box and restored a two-goal cushion, with two more goals to come.

One strike came from the 18, the next from about 10 yards out.

"She's a really good player and she was absolutely the difference out there," Brossart Coach Brad Gough said.

"I can't say enough how proud I am of the way we came back to have those three goals and to never give up, right until the final whistle. I think it bodes well for the future of the program with the way we've set the tone here today."

Tates Creek 6, Bishop Brossart 3

Goals — TC: Mallory Eubanks 4, Ashley Whaley, JoJo Gullo; BB: Abby Stadtmiller 2, Megan Dierig.

Goalkeepers — TC: Katherine Hein and Hannah Kardos; BB: Sarah Futscher.

Records: Tates Creek 20-4-3; Bishop Brossart 17-4.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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