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GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: Matherly scores twice as Elizabethtown rolls by Meade County (09/09)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

 

By NATHANIEL BRYAN nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com BRANDENBURG Last week, Samantha Matherly had to get 10 stitches in her head after an injury against North Oldham. On Monday night, Matherly left the Meade County Lady Waves scratching their heads, wondering just where Elizabethtown’s latest young offensive threat came from. A freshman midfielder, Matherly scored a pair of second-half goals off the bench as seventh-ranked Elizabethtown surged by the host Lady Waves, 5-0. “Sam played wonderfully tonight,” said Elizabethtown senior center midfielder Caitlin Adams, who had one goal and one assist. “I think she proved to herself tonight that other teams will have to watch out for her, too.” While Matherly did the damage in the second half, it was Elizabethtown’s upperclassmen who helped the Lady Panthers (7-2-1 overall, 4-0 in the six-team 10th District) to a two-goal lead at the half. Junior sweeper Ashley Valentine got Elizabethtown’s offense rolling midway through the first half when she headed in a left-side corner kick by senior midfielder Kaylee Gabhart. It was the second time in three days Valentine scored off a corner by Gabhart, who was recently moved to midfield from the back line. “I know where she’s going to kick it, so I just try to get in there and put it in,” Valentine said. Elizabethtown doubled its lead with less than 5 minutes to play in the first half when Adams converted a penalty kick. The goal was set up when junior reserve midfielder Annie Cooper’s long pass set up a breakaway for freshman striker Tara Gilpin, who was taken down from behind shortly after she entered the Lady Waves’ 18-yard box. “I was hoping to get out of the first half with only a 1-0 deficit,” said veteran Meade County coach Dan Shook. “I thought that would have given us something to build on at halftime.” In the second half, the only building was done to Elizabethtown’s lead, which grew by three goals in an 11-minute span, sparked by Matherly. Eight minutes into the second half, Gilpin passed to Matherly on the left wing and Matherly drilled a left-footed shot into the side netting on the right side. After a rather unproductive next 10 minutes, the Lady Panthers scored twice in a 23-second span. With 22:05 left in the game, Gabhart scored on a nifty give-and-go with Adams which left Gabhart alone in the Lady Waves’ box. “We like that and we try to do that a lot,” Adams said of quick passes with Gabhart. “Kaylee’s so dynamic. We know we could put her anywhere on the field and she’d do great things. Having her up here is a comfort zone that I really like.” Less than 30 seconds later, Matherly capped off the scoring when senior forward Paige Pardue slotted the ball across the box to her and she finished easily. “I thought we finished better in the second half,” said Matherly, who notched the first and second goals of her varsity career. “We wanted to keep on going. We didn’t want to give up two goals and have to come back and score two more.” Giving up two goals wasn’t an option with the way Valentine and Elizabethtown’s defense were playing. The Lady Panthers outshot Meade County by 25 (28-3) and didn’t give up any shots on goal in the final 50 minutes. “We knew it was going to be tough to get anything going offensively against them,” Shook said of the Lady Panthers, who have not given up a goal after halftime in their last 12 regular-season district games. “When we put the ball through, it went to her (Valentine) instead of our players. So we knew it would be tough, but we wanted to mount more of an offense than what we did.” Elizabethtown won the junior varsity game, 3-1. UP NEXT: Elizabethtown plays at district rival North Hardin (5-1, 2-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Meade County (3-4, 0-2) hosts district rival Central Hardin (5-4, 2-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Nathaniel Bryan can be reached at 505-1758