Young Admirals beat Garrard

August 25, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Youth was not a negative for the Danville girls Tuesday.

More than half of the Admirals' starters were underclassmen, and all five of their goals came from girls that were sophomores or younger as they beat visiting Garrard County 5-0 Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.

"A lot of our freshmen have played longer than our upperclassmen," Danville coach Mike Lauer said. "They have a lot of experience, and they've been in pressure situations. Obviously, we'll be in other games that are more intense than this, but I'm not worried about them."

Sophomore Jordan Davis scored two goals while sophomore MacKenzie McAfee and freshmen Molly Pittman and Tasha Milby each scored once.

It was the first varsity start for Davis, and she said she took Lauer's pre-game speech to heart.

"Coach pumped us up before the game with some words of advice and it worked out well," Davis said. "He just told us to play hard and give all of our energy to the game."


The fact Danville only scored five times was a testament to Garrard goalkeeper Jordan Smith. The sophomore had never started in goal before, and she faced a barrage of 42 Danville shots. She finished with 17 saves after facing an aggressive Danville offense.

The Admirals pushed the ball in their offensive third of the field, forcing the Golden Lions back and controlling the tempo. After a goal kick or keeper save, Danville almost invariably ended up with the ball and started a new attack immediately.

"We have a lot of young players and they didn't realize we needed to keep pressuring the ball," Garrard coach Curt Carrier said. "Whenever Danville would get the ball, we dropped back on defense and that let them keep pounding the ball at us. We have to come out and start pressuring the ball and coming at people."

Ads take 24 shots in first half

Danville was coming straight at Garrard from the beginning. The Ads took 24 shots in the first half, including one off the foot of McAfee in the 24th minute that went over Smith's head and off the body of Garrard's Jordan Bastin. She cleared it out, and the rebound shot went off the post.

Just five minutes later, Pittman broke into the scoring column. McAfee sent a cross toward the goal that was deflected by Garrard's Betsy Ball right to the foot of Pittman, who put it in the net for a 1-0 Danville lead.

In the 39th minute, Davis scored her first goal on a header off a pass from Alex Meckes to put Danville up 2-0 at the break.

"Danville is a very good team and they pass the ball very well," Carrier said.

In the second half, Danville put the game out of reach in the first seven minutes. Davis added her second goal in the 43rd minute and Milby scored just four minutes later.

"Jordan has a nice touch on the ball," Lauer said. "She does the right things at the right time and she's always in the right place. I'm impressed with her on-the-ball skills and decisions."

McAfee got on the board with a long-distance shot in the 64th minute to close out the scoring.

Lauer said he was pleased for an opening game and said he liked what he saw from his players.

"It was good to see them playing like we want them to," Lauer said. "They looked like the picture I have in my mind."

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