GIRLS’ 5TH REGION SOCCER: E’town’s season ends

Elizabethtown’s Gabby Garcia runs toward the goal with Bethlehem’s Anna O’Bryan during the first half of Wednesday’s 5th Region Tournament semifinal at Central Hardin. The Banshees won, 3-1.

The season ended for the Elizabethtown girls’ soccer team Wednesday evening.

Bethlehem scored a pair of first-half goals within four minutes of each other and rode them to a 3-1 victory in the 5th Region Tournament semifinals at Central Hardin.

The Banshees take on the Lady Bruins at 7 tonight for the championship.

“We made mistakes,” Lady Panthers coach Pat Black said. “We made two blundering errors that gave them quick, easy goals.

“We’ve done a little of that all year, just get our heads down a little bit and just made silly mistakes. Their first goal bounced twice in our box without us touching it. You can’t do that against a decent team or they’re gonna capitalize on it.”

And, they did.

Ginny Spalding scored in the 11th minute for a 1-0 Bethlehem lead.

Elizabethtown knotted it three minutes later when Anna Grace Carter ripped a rebound off a Gabby Garcia shot into he back of the net.

“I thought we had the better of the play before they scored,” Black said. “We had three shots that all could have been goals. One hit the corner of the post. One was fired just right of the upper V. We could have been up 3-0 in 10 minutes.

“And we weren’t. We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”

Kaelyn Walker and Baeli Young scored for the Banshees to make it 3-1.

“We wanted to play a little more direct,” Black said. “We didn’t probably do that like we should. We changed back in the second half. We thought we could be a little bit better on their flanks. We moved a little bit of our speed to the outside and I thought we had the better attack in the second half.

“We had much better the play. We just couldn’t stick it in the back of the net. I thought we were a good, equal team with them. We just came out on the wrong end.”

Carter and Josie Kremzar were named to the All-Tournament team.

The curtain drops on Elizabethtown’s season at 12-10-1.

It loses seven seniors to graduation.

“We do lose some good seniors,” Black said. “Good character. Good leaders.”

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

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