Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

October 23, 2013

GIRLS SOCCER: Russell breaks late tie vs. East

Lady Devils punch ticket into finals

CANNONSBURG — Ever since a 1-1 stalemate in early September, Russell and East Carter had a strong feeling they would be seeing each other again with the stakes considerably higher.

Meet they did, playing evenly again in the Girls 16th Region Tournament semifinals Tuesday night.

With the match deadlocked 1-1, Russell midfielder Cara Maher dished a pass to Lexie Frisby for the game-winning goal with just over five minutes remaining at Boyd County High School.

The 2-1 victory moved the Lady Devils into Thursday’s 7 p.m. championship game against Ashland, a 2-1 winner over Rowan County in the nightcap.

“We just knew we had to come out hard and play our best,” Maher said. “They had a lot of heart and we had a lot of heart. When it came down to it, we came through.”

Russell is back in the region title game after a three-year absence. Coach Joe Grizzle‘s team had to earn it against an East Carter squad that leads the region with 17 wins and played in the past three region finals.  

“I thought we possessed the ball pretty well,” Grizzle said. “East Carter plays rough. We had to match their intensity. In the second half I thought we came out and did that.”

The Lady Devils also received another big effort from their defense, led by Shelby Huddleston, Jennifer Sloan, Kodie Patrick and Alexis McMonigal.

With the score tied 1-1, Russell senior goalkeeper Jalyn Forsyth was momentarily shaken up in the second half after coming out to smother the ball on an East Carter scoring bid. But she stayed on the field and helped the Lady Devils keep East Carter off the scoreboard the rest of the way.  

“Our defense has played tough all year,” Grizzle said. “I’m proud of every one of them.

Mahar gave Russell a 1-0 lead late in the first half. She dribbled down the middle, pushed the ball past a defender and then caught up to it and scored.

“Cara’s really been playing well,” Grizzle said. “She can finish and is such a good passer. She has settled into that midfield spot where she’s comfortable.”

East Carter tied it on Amber Hall’s penalty kick with 17:38 left on the scoreboard clock, but failed to connect from the field all night despite a slight advantage in shots on goal.   

“We definitely had our chances,” East Carter coach Ryan Knipp said. “It’s a tough one to take.”    

The Lady Raiders finished the season at 17-4-1. The allowed only 13 goals coming into the region semifinal.

“This group of seniors, like I said before, has the most wins in school history,” Knipp said. “More than that, they raised East Carter to being one of the top programs in the region.”

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2671.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0420chattin0397.jpg Pole vaulters conquer wind in Chattin

    For obvious reasons, pole vaulting records and windy conditions don’t go together.
    Raceland’s Connor Messer and Fairview’s Morgan McIntyre raised the bar anyway at Saturday’s Ernie Chattin Memorial Invitational.
    Despite a windy challenge — especially for Messer — on the hilltop at Ashland Athletic Complex, both athletes set new pole vault marks for the 11-year-old meet and received Outstanding Performance awards.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0415eastSB0170 copy.jpg Stock soaring for East eighth-grader Fouts

    With a name like Montana, you just have to go big.
    Six-foot eighth-grader Montana Fouts isn't a big talker, but when it comes to the business of softball, her skills convey a loud and clear message.
    The East Carter pitcher is making herself a can't-pass-up commodity with her flawless throwing form and sizzling speed.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewis snaps 4-game skid, beats Ashland, 2-1

    Question: What four-game Lewis County losing streak?

    Answer: the one the Lions snapped Saturday by knocking off visiting Ashland, 2-0, in the third annual Lewis County Autism Awareness game.

    April 20, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley fires 2nd no-no in 2 days, Kittens split

    Ashland junior Megan Hensley no-hit Portsmouth West on Saturday, one day after dealing a perfect game, as the Kittens beat the Lady Senators 16-0 in five innings at the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley.

    April 19, 2014

  • west.JPG Streak snapped: Comets end 40-game losing streak to Raiders

    Nineteen years and 40 games between East Carter and West Carter have passed since the Comets have beaten the Raiders.
    Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” was the No. 1 song the last time West got a win over East.
    The visiting Comets ended almost 20 years of futility against the Raiders in dominating fashion on Friday night, defeating East Carter, 8-0.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Williams steps down as Lady Vikings coach

    Jen Williams did not make this decision lightly.

    April 19, 2014

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hensley spins perfect game

    Ashland’s Megan Hensley fired a perfect game and drove in the only runs of the game with a two-run homer as the Kittens topped Upper Arlington (Ohio) 2-0 in the Valley of Thunder at Symmes Valley on Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • 0418ashlandBB0268.jpg One-run fun: Ashland on smiling side of close game vs. East

    After opening the season with a 2-1 victory, Ashland has had a hard time cracking the close game code.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418_Ash_vs_JC_0003.JPG Hensley rises, fires as Kittens win big

    Johnson Central softball coach Jason Hurt’s already high opinion of Ashland junior Megan Hensley rose to another level Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714_29a.jpg Diller, Mackie spark Raceland

    It is time for the 16th Region to take notice of the Raceland softball team.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos