Danville tops Boyle 3-1

September 05, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Danville coach Mike Lauer carried the Constitution Cup across the field with him as the Admirals were warming up before Saturday night's game against Boyle County. He didn't seem to want to let the trophy out of his grasp, and now he'll have it for another year.

The Lady Admirals defended their Cup title with a 3-1 win over Boyle at Admiral Stadium, and Lauer said the game was just the way Boyle-Danville games should be.

"I really don't know why they even give out a trophy, because this game is intense enough without it," Lauer said. "This is a district game between city rivals, and we're 3-0 in the district now and in a good place with two more games to go."

Danville (4-1, 3-0 29th District) controlled the offensive flow of the game, outshooting Boyle 31-10. Boyle coach Brian Deem said the Rebels (3-1-1, 1-1) struggled from the beginning.


"Thirty-one to 10 ... that explains everything right there," Deem said. "Somebody wanted it tonight and somebody didn't."

The Lady Admirals played as if they wanted it from the first whistle, as they took less than three minutes to get on the board.

McKenzie McAfee took a pass from Molly Pittman and put it in the left corner for a 1-0 Danville lead. That score would hold through most of the first half.

"That was really important," McAfee said. "We needed to play as a team and stick together."

In the 39th minute, McAfee played a ball to Jordan Davis who volleyed it over Boyle goalkeeper Lydia Hignight for a 2-0 lead.

They were the only two goals of the half, despite the fact Danville coach Mike Lauer said his team controlled play throughout the first 40 minutes.

"I'm very proud of our midfield," Lauer said. "We controlled the game very well, and the members of this team did their parts."

Boyle scores early in second half

Boyle took just five minutes to get on the board in the second half. The Rebels were awarded a direct kick, and Marissa Hibbs lofted the ball over Danville's defensive wall. Keeper Liz Ruth came out after the ball, but it bounced through for Boyle's first goal.

"We made some adjustments that helped us create more offense," Deem said. "But hats off to coach Lauer and the girls. They deserve it."

The Admirals' final goal came from Jessie Davis, who scored off a ball from Jordan Davis. Jessie Davis took the pass and sent a ball across the mouth of the goal that just evaded Hignight and rolled into the right side of the net for her first varsity goal.

Hignight had 18 saves, while Liz Ruth had four saves in goal for Danville.

Boyle's Sarah Hall, the school's all-time leading scorer, was held without a goal by Danville's Alyssa Trueblood.

"I told her, 10 (Hall) is your mark all night," Lauer said. "If she played the whole game, Alyssa was playing the whole game. She lived up to it and did a great job."

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