Jackson leads Ads over Lions

August 27, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

LANCASTER - Krystal Jackson has escaped the net, and it seems as if no one can catch her now.

Jackson was supposed to be spending more time in goal for the Danville girls soccer team, but she has spent most of the young season running amok on the field.

And at the rate she's going, she isn't likely to be trapped in the net any time soon.

Jackson has been Danville's most productive offensive player, and she produced again Tuesday night when it mattered most.

The senior broke free to score the game-winning goal with 15 seconds to play, giving the Admirals a 4-3 victory over Garrard County.

It was the second goal of the game for Jackson, who helped Danville (3-1) rally from a 3-1 deficit in the final 22 minutes, and it was her sixth goal in three games at forward.


"It's a lot of fun playing on the field, but it's different," Jackson said.

These are fun days for the young Danville girls, who have won three straight games after losing their season opener.

"The loss to Madison Central in the first game really set the tone," Danville coach Marty Sullivan said. "We lost, but we played a very good game. Now we're finding out who on our team can play."

Several contributed to the comeback

Several girls played a part in Danville's comeback, including freshmen Mackenzie McAfee, who scored the tying goal, and Caroline Crowley, who started the sequence that led to Jackson's winning goal.

"We knew it'd be tough to come back," Jackson said. "I'd have to say (Sullivan's) pep talk at halftime got us hyped and ready to go. We couldn't give up. "

What was a thrilling win for Danville was a disappointing defeat for Garrard (2-2).

"It was a heartbreaker, to have a 3-1 lead," Garrard coach Tony Kluesener said. "But you have to give Danville credit. They never gave up."

The Lions didn't give up, either, but they may have given out by the time Jackson drove through the defense at the end of a hot, muggy evening.

"She really is quick, and I think our defense was definitely tired by that time," Kluesener said.

Jackson probably had the freshest legs on the field after sitting out the first half. She was benched for half a game because she had to miss a recent practice, and Sullivan said he had hoped to use her in goal if Danville had led at halftime.

"When we got down, we really had to get a spark, anything. And she is a spark," Sullivan said. "She's so quick, people have a hard time staying with her."

Jackson scored an unassisted goal with 21:32 to play, and McAfee followed suit, tying the game with 15:15 to play.

The game appeared headed for a tie when the scoreboard clock was turned off in the last two minutes. As the seconds ticked away, Crowley pushed the ball ahead to Jackson, who raced through the last lines of Garrard's defense.

"When I saw the ball coming, I knew I had to get it," Jackson said.

Garrard fans pleaded for an offsides call, but there would be none.

"Once she got through and the referee let them play, I knew we were going to win the game," Sullivan said.

Play of goalkeepers praised

While Jackson has proven to be an offensive juggernaut, junior Liz Ruth has held her own at Jackson's old position.

"She's doing a very good job," Jackson said.

Ruth saved four shots, while Garrard sophomore Ashley Meadows had 11 saves in a game in which Danville outshot Garrard 23-9.

"Ashley did a great job in goal," Kluesener said.

Danville got the game's first goal when Rosa Magana got her first goal of the season, but Garrard answered with two goals in the final 18:25 of the first half.

Abby Parsons' unassisted goal tied the game, and Ashley Napier gave the Lions the lead when she scored off an assist from Brittany Lane following Sara Carrier's corner kick.

Lane gave Garrard a 3-1 lead when she beat two defenders and Ruth to score with 23:07 remaining. But the lead started to evaporate less than two minutes later, and the result was Garrard's second straight loss.

"I think we'll definitely bounce back," Kluesener said.

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