The coaches for both girls’ soccer teams thought they let one get away.
“I feel like that was a loss. I told the girls that, too,” Meade County coach David Craycroft said. “I felt like we let one get away. We dominated 80 percent of the possession in the first half and couldn’t find it in the attacking third. I talked to them about it at half, that we weren’t making proactive runs, we weren’t moving enough off the ball.”
John Hardin and the visiting Lady Waves played to a 1-all draw Monday evening.
“I think some of that was our mistakes, too,” Lady Bulldogs coach Erik Krivitsky said of the first-half possession. “You’re never happy with a tie, especially when we feel like we left a lot out there, too. Our two styles clashed. I think it was up and down and we have things to work on tomorrow.
“They’re a heck of a team.”
Meade County Mattie Clanton scored off an Ally Hearn assist at 20:34 of the first half for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs tied it with 4:50 showing when Kaitlyn Rowlett was fed a pass from Maryam Atiyani and was fouled in the box. She cashed in on the penalty kick to tie things up.
“When you lead 35-and-a-half minutes of the first half and give up a penalty because you don’t get back and shape up, that was like a kick in the stomach,” Craycroft said. “We came out in the second half and didn’t play the style that we needed to play to finish it off. That’s a little bit disheartening. Like I told the ladies, I don’t doubt their effort, I just think we had some mental lapses that we can’t have.”
John Hardin keeper Destiny Clark made a beautiful diving save with 26 minutes left in the game off a header via a corner kick.
“She had one of the best saves I’ve seen in my whole life,” Krivitsky said. “She’s a heck of a player. We’re starting to see that if we do things right, we can really play and we’re hoping to improve on that.”
Clark finished with 12 saves.
Elizabeth Burns had one save in the first half and Madison Hebert three in the second half for Meade County.
“In the second half we got into a game style that they wanted to play,” Craycroft said. “We didn’t find possession. We just hammered the ball to the corners and when we did get a good possession, our service into the box wasn’t good quality. We were just serving right at the keeper. If we would have gotten it out a little bit, I think we would have had better opportunities off the back side.”
John Hardin (6-3-1, 1-1) welcomes 17th District foe Elizabethtown (4-8, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“The thing we preach to the girls is that today was the most important game on our schedule,” Krivitsky said. “We’re gonna leave here tonight, do what we have to do in practice and start prepping for the most important game on our schedule, which is E’town. After that we’ve got another one and another one. We don’t look at any differently. We’re prepping for a day at the office and hoping to see the results at practice.”
The Lady Waves (7-2-1) host Bullitt East (7-0-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“You’re always trying to perform at the end,” Craycroft said. “You take the ties and the losses and use them as learning experiences and press forward.”