PREP ROUNDUP: Trojans tie Patriots; Hawks place 6th in golf tourney

LaRue County’s Luis Cruz (15), Simon Coy (36) and Alex Tarpley (28) work to keep the ball out of the goal during the first half of Saturday’s home contest with Taylor County. They did clear the ball, but the Cardinals scored eight times in the second half for a 10-0 victory.

The North Hardin boys’ soccer team is now 0-2-1 after Saturday’s 1-1 tie with visiting Lincoln County.

Senior Trey Cummins scored in the first half as the Patriots held a 1-0 lead at the break.

“He’s a handful,” Trojans coach Jim Stone said of Cummins. “He’ll be one of the better individual players we’ll see all year. He’s a phenomenal on-the-ball player.”

North Hardin senior Phoenix Compton drew a foul at the top of the box with 18 minutes left and buried the penalty kick for the equalizer.

“Nic Sanders played a great game on Cummins,” Stone said. “Noah Kispert did well and Cayden Logsdon and Phoenix were beasts in the back.”

Senior Brayden LaRue made five saves.

The last time the Trojans began the season 0-2 was in 2004.

“We’re just so green,” Stone said. “I really didn’t realize how green we were. We have one senior out, which means we’re starting three seniors, two juniors, five sophomores and one freshman.

“Playing against the Oldham’s (Oldham County and North Oldham) out of Region 8 puts you in the frying pan really fast. We’re starting to figure things out. We’re getting stronger in the air. We’re starting to win the 50-50 balls. We’re still making sophomore and freshman mistakes, but that’s to be expected. There’s a big learning curve with them right now.”

TAYLOR COUNTY 10, LARUE COUNTY 0. The senior-laden Cardinals scored eight times in the second half, giving them 26 goals and a 3-0 record.

The Hawks (1-1) welcome Nelson County at 11 a.m. Saturday.

LOU. TRINITY 5, CENTRAL HARDIN 0. The Bruins were blanked by a Shamrocks team that was making its season debut.

Central Hardin (2-1) hosts Louisville St. Xavier at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

APOLLO 4, MEADE COUNTY 1. The Green Wave dropped its second game in as many starts. They were down 2-1 at halftime as sophomore Grayson Pollock scored on a direct kick.

Visiting Apollo outshot Meade County, which heads to Nelson County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 15-2. Keeper Kyle Chapman made four saves.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

ELIZABETHTOWN LOSES TWICE. The Lady Panthers fell to 0-4 after losses to Daviess County (5-1) and Marshall County (4-0) Saturday in the DC Classic at Daviess County.

Elizabethtown was down 3-0 in the first 25 minutes and 4-0 at the half to Daviess COunty.

“We settled in and played the second half 1-1,” Coach Pat Black said.

Charlotte Piwetz scored with an assist to Gabby Garcia midway through the second half. It was Garcia’s first game of the season after sitting out the first two because of injury.

The second game “was much closer than the score.”

The Lady Panthers was down 1-0 at the half and Marshall County scored with 15 minutes left for a 2-0 lead.

“We pressed and tried to get back into the game,” Black said.

Ashley Kerr and Emma Grimm shared keeper duties in both games.

Elizabethtown travels to Boyle County at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

GOLF

HAWKS FINISH SIXTH. LaRue County shot 307 Saturday at the Battle of the Bridge at Old Bridge Golf Course in Danville.

Senior J.T. Holcomb shot 1-over 73 to tie for 11th.

Chase Childress shot 76, Chandler McLaughlin 78, Carson Childress 80 and Tanner Lasley 92 for the Hawks, who play Meade County and Bullitt East Monday at Heritage Hill Golf Club, site of the 5th Region Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

NORTH HARDIN CHRISTIAN SPLITS FOUR MATCHES. The North Hardin Christian Lady Falcon volleyball team is 3-2 on the season after splitting four matches Friday and Saturday in the 12-team Clash of Titans Tournament at Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington.

On Saturday, NHC defeated the East Jessamine JV and lost to Christian Educational Consortium of Louisville.

Against East Jessamine, NHC won 25-10, 25-18 as senior Rylee Washer led the way with 13 digs and three kills, while sophomores Lauren Thompson had 12 kills, four aces and two assists and Faith Clanton had nine digs and one assist.

Senior Julia Allen added five digs, one kill, one assist and one ace. Senior Maddie McPeek chipped in two digs, four kills, two assists and had three aces and junior Abby Siekman had nine assists, four digs, four aces and one kill.

NHC lost to CEC of Louisville in three sets after opening with a 26-24 win, the Lady Falcons dropped the next two games, 25-20 and 15-10.

Siekman sparked NHC with nine digs and nine assists, while McPeek had 14 digs, two aces and six kills and Washer five digs and nine kills. Clanton added 11 digs, Thompson had nine kills and Allen six digs and four assists.

On Friday, the Lady Falcons beat Lexington Latin School and lost to Somerset.

Against Lexington Latin, sophomore Monica Ronkainen had three aces and Allen had four. McPeek had four kills and one ace and Washer contributed four digs and five kills, while Siekman had seven assists and five aces and Thompson had six assists, five kills and four digs in a 25-5, 25-12 win.

NHC lost 26-24 and 25-17 to Somerset as Thompson had eight kills and five assists and Clanton added seven digs. Siekman added five digs and Washer five kills and four digs.

NHC plays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sayers.

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