After losing a close one to a one-loss South Oldham team over the weekend, Elizabethtown girls’ soccer got back on track Monday night in Radcliff.
Tied at 1-1 early, the Lady Panthers broke away late in the first half and maintained control for a 6-2 17th District win over the Lady Trojans.
“It was a good, physical game. We know that (North Hardin) has great athletes and good, physical play. We set back a little bit in the first 10 minutes and I think we started to look a little bit sluggish, but we picked it up after the first 10 minutes, we got a goal in and that helped, then (North Hardin) got a goal back and that didn’t help,” Elizabethtown coach Pat Black said. “I thought we, overall, played pretty well. We didn’t really play the way we wanted to play, but the way they played sort of made us play a little bit more direct.”
Noelle Garcia put Elizabethtown up in the first five minutes of play. Ellion Johnson responded for North Hardin less than two minutes later, tying the game at 1-1 with 33:51 to go in the first half.
It remained tied until the last 15 minutes before halftime, when Adelyn Inman scored her first goal with under 14 minutes until the break. Not long after, Inman followed with her second goal with 8:03 remaining in the first half to make it a 3-1 game. She followed a minute later by knocking in her third goal of the night to complete the hat trick.
“We had a little bit of a rough start, but we came out and I moved to forward and then midfield was just feeding me balls left and right,” Inman said. “It’s amazing. Especially in a district game, it’s just awesome.”
Inman’s effort helped solidify the Lady Panthers’ lead and sent them into halftime up 4-1.
“We pushed (Inman) up top a little bit and brought some size and some strength up there so we’d be able to maybe control the ball a little bit and get to balls,” Black said. “That was definitely a big factor.”
The Lady Trojans opened the second half with a goal from Kiara Loggins to cut the Elizabethtown lead to 4-2 with 37:22 to play. North Hardin would not get any closer, as the Lady Panthers added a goal from Kennedy Carter with 25 minutes left and then another from Kristen Swiney with 3:29 remaining to seal the district win.
“We had a lot of time off. We had a cancellation in our week. We were supposed to play again after the Central game. We went Monday to Monday without a game,” North Hardin coach Chris Smith said. “It’s just one of those seasons where if you don’t have a game, it’s tough to pick up one right now. I think that extra time off really hurt us. It kind of got us out of sorts, but it’s just one of those nights unfortunately.”
Elizabethtown (9-3-1, 3-1 17th District) hosts Central Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Lady Bruins won the earlier meeting in Cecilia on Sept. 1.
“We’ve just gotta stay focused and keep the same intensity and mentality and we can come out on top,” Inman said of Wednesday’s rematch.
North Hardin (5-4, 1-2 district) plays Fort Knox at 6 p.m. tonight and John Hardin at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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