High School Sports

11th Region girls' soccer: No. 2 Tates Creek defeats No. 3 Scott County 4-1; Woodford County beats Madison Southern 1-0

Tates Creek's Arly Lankster, left, couldn't stop the goal by  Scott County's Brittany Cline.
Tates Creek's Arly Lankster, left, couldn't stop the goal by Scott County's Brittany Cline. Herald-Leader

VERSAILLES — Coming off their first loss of the year, Tates Creek's girls weren't about to take another one Monday.

Destinie Graves scored two goals as the second-ranked Lady Commodores ended No. 3 Scott County's season 4-1 in the first round of the girls' 11th Region soccer tournament.

"We like to compare it to Kentucky and their loss to Vandy last (basketball) season," fullback Abby Van Bussum said of Tates Creek's 1-0 loss to Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District finals. "We didn't want to lose but, if there was a time to lose, that was it."

In Monday's opener, Libby Wilhoit's goal with 24:56 left lifted No. 17 Woodford County over Madison Southern 1-0.

Quarterfinals continue Tuesday with Madison Central meeting No. 15 Henry Clay at 6 p.m., followed by No. 9 Lexington Catholic against Franklin County.

The semifinals are scheduled Thursday, with Monday's winners facing at 6 p.m., followed by Tuesday's winners. Finals are set for Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tates Creek 4, Scott County 1: In addition to Graves, the winners got goals by Aaron Lankster and Shelby Williams.

Mallory Eubanks notched three assists, while Arly Lankster stopped five shots in net for Tates Creek (17-1-4).

"Scott County ... they play so hard and they finish so well, and they've got so many great players, they've got a great coach," Tates Creek Coach Bo Lankster said. "And for us to have a result like that, I couldn't have dreamed to play that well against them.

"Our team, they were magnificent tonight. They did a great job, and they followed the game plan to a T. I couldn't be more proud of them."

The Cardinals (18-4) had a six-match winning streak snapped. Tates Creek also downed Scott County 1-0 last month.

"We accomplished a lot of our goals. ... This, quite naturally, is not the outcome we were looking for," Scott Coach Andrea "Bug" Brown said. "Tates Creek is a heck of a team. Bo is a great coach. My hat goes off to them. They played a hard-fought game and did very, very well.

"We made a lot of mistakes within the first two minutes of each half. They countered on those mistakes, and that's part of the game."

Tates Creek scored on its first shot, 1:47 in, by Graves.

The Cardinals tied with 5:27 left in the half, when Brittany Cline broke into the box all alone and sent a shot into the right side of the net.

Tates Creek needed only 1:31 of second-half play to take the lead, when Aaron Lankster stuffed in a rebound.

Williams tallied 10½ minutes later, and Graves struck 2½ minutes after Williams.

Tates Creek's defense did the rest, keeping Scott's dangerous tandem of Cline and Taylor Borman under close watch.

"Oh, my goodness, Brittany and Taylor are so hard to guard. It was really hard to defend them but we did it," Van Bussum said. "We came together as a team. The four backs, I don't think we could have played a better game. It was awesome."

"Not just the four backs," added Tates Creek back Katie Workman. "Our midfielders, if they didn't come back, we would have had open people in the middle."

Woodford County 1, Madison Southern 0: Deadlocked for nearly an hour, Laura "L.J." Phelps sent a ball through to Wilhoit for a breakaway goal.

Wilhoit took it the final 35 yards, dribbling into the penalty box and rifling a shot low into the left corner of the net.

With Stella Adams protecting the Woodford County net, that was all the Jackets needed.

"It was an 80-minute battle and we battled every minute," Coach Nicole Markert said. "We were strong not to let up a goal defensively, and we came out on a nice breakaway, and Libby stayed composed and had a nice finish."

Tates Creek 4, Scott County 1

GoalsSC: Brittany Cline; TC: Destinie Graves 2, Aaron Lankster, Shelby Williams.

Goalkeepers— SC: Michelle Washburn; TC: Arly Lankster.

Records: Scott Co. 18-4; Tates Creek 17-1-4.

Woodford County 1, Madison Southern 0

GoalWC: Libby Wilhoit.

GoalkeepersWC: Stella Adams; MS: Kristyn Murphy.

Records: Woodford Co. 12-4-4; Madison Southern 17-4.