Greenwood forward Kayelee Maners scored a fast break goal in the first minute of play Saturday afternoon against Marshall County. Fortunately, the Lady Marshals’ defense shored up and kept the Lady Gators from any more chances.
Unfortunately, Marshall couldn’t replicate or take advantage of its opportunities and took their third loss of the season.
Maners is Greenwood’s top scorer with 11 goals in their 8-5 campaign. She let teammate Hannah Carter’s pass get to her and Maners was off and running up the right side. As Parker Perry came out to contest Maners, she was able to beat the keeper to the ball and delivered it into the netting.
“I told them she was their leading scorer and that she must have some speed,” Marshall County coach Michael Boone said. “Sure enough, she had some blazing speed. Unfortunately it just took one and she buried it. But we didn’t give her another look like that. She had a couple of other looks but mostly they were off balance.”
From then on, the Lady Marshals’ defense took root against an overall speedy Lady Gators team. Boone noted Johnna Walker, Chase Hill and Hope Howard’s efforts that challenged Greenwood’s offense while Perry notched eight saves in goal.
“Hope usually comes out of games a little bit and she was too good to bring her out,” he said. “She was winning a ton of tackles, pretty much snuffed out anything that came down the left side.”
While only Marshall County’s third loss of the season to go with its 11 wins, which included a 2-0 win over Murray High last Tuesday, all three have been shutouts. Boone said playing teams such as 11-3 Owensboro Catholic and unbeaten Sacred Heart on their schedule is for the challenge and opportunities to improve.
The area the Lady Marshals are looking to get better at is shot selection.
“Sometimes our shot selection leaves a little bit to be desired, but you play games like this to be able to pinpoint some places we could have created another gap,” Boone said. “Kinsley (Perry) got off a couple of good shots and Zoe (Maxlow) had one from across the middle that just went wide.
“The first half, we created two or three good opportunities; not so much in the second half. We’ve just got to figure some things out. Against better teams, we struggle to get the best shot we can. Part of what our job as coaches is to figure that out.”
Marshals allow 8 against solid Warren Central squad
Aside from a 4-4 tie against Henderson County in just their third game this season, Marshall County had only given up a combined eight goals heading into Saturday’s Darren Puckett Classic. Saturday, Warren Central matched that tally all their own.
The Dragons’ Daniel Nkurunziza scored four goals on his own with three in the first half when they led Marshall, 5-3, en route to an 8-3 victory.
Nkurunziza scored in the ninth and 17th minutes, then capped his first half hat trick with a kick that dinged off the right post and into the left side of the net in the 28th minute. His final goal came 14 minutes into the second half.
Coming off last Tuesday’s 4-0 win at Murray High, Marshall County (10-2-2) stayed close with a pair of goals from Collin Riley. Riley’s first was a 30-foot shot in the 14th minute and scored once more off an assist from Jack Noles in the 25th minute to trail 3-2. Riley also contributed to the Marshals’ final score in stoppage time with William Lynch connecting near the goal with a kick that went off keeper Tarik Kovacevic’s hands.
Damir Beganovic had three goals and two assists and Kenasi Mpenda added another goal with his four assists.
What’s Next: Both Marshall County clubs will have doubleheaders this week beginning tonight (Tuesday) against St. Mary and Thursday against Second District county rival Graves County.