Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

October 8, 2013

Rowan County shuts out Kittens, 1-0

Early goal sinks Ashland, losers in seven of last 11

MOREHEAD — You can read “Welcome to Valhalla” above the entrance to Rowan County's soccer pitch.

For the Ashland Ladycats, Monday's visit to Dave Shuster Field had nothing to do with Norse mythology or a Louisville-area golf course. No, it was the scene of a 1-0 loss to the Lady Vikings on sophomore midfielder Hannah Bandura's goal in the eighth minute.

Monday was Ashland's latest setback in a season-long struggle.

A 3-0 shutout of Boyd County Oct. 1 snapped a five-game losing streak, but the Ladycats (6-11-2) have dropped or tied eight of their last 11 matches. Ashland is a young squad — nine of its 20 players are freshmen — but coach E.B. Lohman II said the effect of that is “hard to quantify.”

“If you watch them, anticipation, the ability to anticipate, they don't do that as well (as a more experienced group),” he said. “It's something you learn.”

Rowan County (11-5-1) won its fifth match over its last seven. There were three other reasons for the Lady Vikings to rejoice last night: they outshot the Ladycats, 12-6; junior goalkeeper Emily Moore made three saves to earn her fourth shutout; and the defense held Ashland's leading scorer, junior midfielder Aidan Young (19 goals), to just three shots.

Lady Vikings coach Randy Wallace wished a few more shots had gone into the net. He also talks about his team being a family.

“They do things off the field,” Wallace said. “You would never know who a senior was and who a freshman was because they get out and do a lot of stuff together, especially in the summer when we're doing our preseason stuff.”

After junior midfielder Lauren Bauer's crossing pass from the left sideline found Bandura about 18 yards in front of Ashland freshman goalkeeper Jamie Downey, there was a split second of suspense.

“It was exciting,” Bandura said. “At first, I didn't know if it was going to go in, and then it went in, and it was great.”

Moore's last save, in the 70th minute, was the most crucial because it came against an Ashland free kick outside of the box.

After referee Kirk Thibodeaux whistled Lady Viking Becca Duff for a hand ball just outside the 18-yard box, Rowan County set up a three-player wall with Savannah Smith, Kara Lewis and Audrey Holbrook. Moore knew she had help to her right but wasn't so sure to her left, and she was ready to dive left if she had to.

Then Ashland junior midfielder Charity Collins fired.

“I knew we needed somebody on (my left) post, but I couldn't communicate it fast enough to Montana (junior midfielder Montana Minor) to get back,” Moore said. “It came directly to me, and luckily I caught it.”

Ashland finishes the regular season Thursday at Cabell Midland at 6 p.m. and meets Boyd County in the 63rd District tournament Oct. 14. Lohman said his team has to “keep doing what we're doing, and get a little luck on the scorecard and shoot the ball.”

Rowan County finishes at Grant County at 6 p.m. tonight and at Lawrence County on Thursday. As for the 16th Region, Wallace believes two other teams are favorites.

“I would say Russell and East (Carter) are probably the top dogs in our region, even though we beat East (1-0 Aug. 27 in Morehead) early in the year,” Wallace said, “But to beat them in the tournament, we're going to have to put the ball in the back of the net more often.”


Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo