GIRLS’ SOOCER: North edges E’town

Elizabethtown’s Josie Kremzar plays defense against North Hardin’s Niyah Jones during the first half of Saturday’s 17th District contest. The Lady Trojans earned a 3-2 victory in double overtime.

Thirteen years and 16 days later.

Madison Parker ripped a laser from about 35 yards out to give the North Hardin girls’ soccer team a 3-2 victory over 17th District foe Elizabethtown Saturday evening in double overtime.

“This is a confidence booster, 100 percent,” she said. “We’ve been fighting for this win for a very long time. We’ve all had faith in each other, no one had faith in us, though. I think everyone’s gonna take us seriously now.”

The golden goal came about two minutes into the second five-minute overtime.

“I saw it coming,” Parker said of the shot. “From the second I got up there, I knew I had it.”

It was the first win for North Hardin over the Lady Panthers since Aug. 30, 2006.

“This shows them that they can compete with anybody,” Lady Trojans coach Chris Smith said. “It shows them on any given night in this district, it’s wide open. Credit to E’town, they’re a very talented team. Credit to our girls, we’re a very talented team as well.”

Elizabethtown tied things up with about seven minutes left in the game on an Ann Bell goal via a Josie Kremzar corner kick.

“We talked to them about that at halftime, about coughing up the corners — and defending the corner,” Smith said. “We defended the corner very, very well. We worked on set pieces this week knowing that E’town takes good corners. You give up that many and they’re bound to have a good look at one. They did and they capitalized on it.

“It was one of those situations where you have to understand who to mark and where to mark. Out of what, probably 15 I’d say, we marked 14 of them very well.”

The Lady Panthers slipped to 5-9 and 2-2 in district activity.

“I thought we played pretty well that second half,” Coach Pat Black said. “I thought we had much the better of the opportunities and we really didn’t give up any opportunities that second half. We just didn’t finish well and that’s been our nemesis all year. I don’t think we’re playing too bad. We’re starting two freshmen now. We’re stepping up and playing all right.

“They (the Trojans) came to play tonight. I thought they played a good game. They’ve got some good, physical athletes. We don’t handle physical play too well sometimes. It’s something we can learn from and be ready to step up the next time.”

North Hardin sophomore Kiara Loggins scored inside 90 seconds from the opening whistle all on her own for a 1-0 lead.

“We told them that we need to go out and get one quick and get them on their heels — it’s a much different game when you have a team on their heels from the start,” Smith said. “You’re in the driver’s seat at that point and that’s exactly what we wanted to do.”

Elizabethtown’s Lillie Johnson tied it at 1 a short time later and the Lay Trojans took a 2-1 lead when McKenzie Williams found the back of the net.

“We’ve been a little down and that’s something I’ve got to do as a coach to try to get us from being down to be up a little bit,” Black said. “Things haven’t gone our way this year, so maybe we can pick it up here and hopefully that’s what happens.”

North Hardin (5-5, 2-1) had an assist from Niyah Jones and keeper Riley Thompson made 16 saves. It visits Central Hardin (8-4, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Monday.

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

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