The John Hardin girls’ soccer team moved on Monday in the 17th District Tournament with an 8-0 victory over Fort Knox at the Elizabethtown Athletic Complex.

Lady Bulldogs senior Kylie Croley scored less than three minutes into the contest for a 1-0 lead.

She also scored at 18:02 of the first half and 34:41 of the second half from a Maryam Atiyani cross.

Kaylee Flack scored the second goal at 30:34 and Kaitlyn Rowlett made it 3-0 at 20:52.

KyLee Newton scored at 4:14 and Rowlett at 2:22 for a 6-0 halftime lead.

Melissa Wiley finished the scoring with 16:37 left in the game.

Fort Knox concluded its season at 1-15-3.

“We actually have a lot of new players on the squad this year,” junior captain Ariel Herter said.

Fort Knox does not have a senior on its 16-player roster.

“Most of us are coming back to the squad next year and I’m very excited for that,” Herter said. “I’m gonna lose my other captain and I’m gonna lose my goalkeeper. Those are the two who I know aren’t going to be here next year. I wish the best of luck to them next year.”

Herter was named to the All-Tournament team. She led the Lady Eagles with seven goals, half the team’s total.

“Yes, we lost 8-0, but the score doesn’t matter,” she said. “I’ve seen the development with all the players and it was a very happy thing to see for me. Seeing them develop through the sport has been very fun.”

The Lady Bulldogs (11-9-1) meet top-seeded Central Hardin (12-6-3) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the same turf in one semifinal.

“I think we need to win the ball in the air. We also need to make good touches and good decisions,” Wiley said.

“We have to play with intensity, not giving up on stuff, not getting down,” Coach Erik Krivitsky said of Wednesday’s matchup. “Good things are gonna happen and bad things are gonna happen. We just have to respond to everything with a great mindset and get after it. I think we can play with anybody if we can put together two halves and do those things.”

The Lady Bulldogs have won three in a row after a four-game losing streak. One of those losses was 1-0 to the Lady Bruins.

“That gave us a lot of confidence because we now know that we can beat them and hopefully we do on Wednesday,” Wiley said.

John Hardin’s 11th win matches the best in the program since 2012.

“We’ve gotten better by working more as a team, moving the ball around the field and getting everyone involved and attacking as a team,” Wiley said. “There are no selfish players this year. We all work together well.”

Wednesday’s second semifinal pits No. 2 Elizabethtown (9-9-2) against No. 3 North Hardin (10-8) at 7:30 p.m.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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