Hall leads Boyle over Lions

September 29, 2004|JILL ERWIN

LANCASTER - Boyle County girls soccer coach Brian Deem said the last few weeks have been "ugly" for his team as the players struggled with their touches and passes.

The Rebels didn't seem to have many problems Tuesday, though, picking up five assists and three goals from Sarah Hall in a 6-0 win over host Garrard County.

"It's been constant bad first touches and no possession," Deem said. "We've been working and working and working and we've gradually gotten better. I think tonight, it picked up and we saw the girls making concerted efforts to try to do what they've been practicing."

Boyle (7-4-1, 3-2 29th District) jumped on top early when freshman Caitlin Day scored just 4 minutes, 3 seconds into the game off an assist from Erica Adams.


After that goal, Garrard (3-7-1, 0-3) was able to mount a semblance of an offensive attack, getting several shots off at the Boyle goal, but the Golden Lions were unable to find the back of the net.

Garrard coach Curt Carrier said he was pleased with the push his girls put on at that point in the game, forcing Boyle's defense to work to stop them from scoring. However, Boyle's superior depth eventually wore the Lions down.

"Our team, in the first half, played awful hard," Carrier said. "The second half, we were tiring down some. They took some longer shots and a few got by our goalie tonight that she usually gets.

"Our team is getting better. When you've got first-year players, it just takes them a little while to learn the game. But they're getting better and as long as they hustle as hard as they did the first half, I'm happy with them."

Boyle regrouped and extended its lead when Hall found herself alone with the ball in front of the Garrard goal and lifted it over a jumping Jordan Smith in goal for a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute.

The third goal came in the 37th minute on a goal by senior Marissa Hibbs, and Hall scored her second goal of the game less than two minutes later for a 4-0 halftime lead.

"Historically this year, we've been getting a couple of goals and then taking a break, taking it easy and having a letdown," Deem said. "We've been talking about it for about three weeks now and it's good to see them finally come out in a game and still be attacking. That was a big plus for us tonight.

"Being so young, they see that one-goal lead, that two-goal lead and they think, 'Hey, we can relax because we've got some room to breathe.' But it just takes one goal to change the momentum and then they're on your heels. It's something we're trying to work on."

First game back for Hibbs, Missik and Arnett

It was the first game back on the field for Hibbs, Leah Missik and Kelsey Arnett, who had all missed time with injuries. Adams, Day, Lauren Smith, Tesa Wall and Kaylynn Evans each got an assist in the game.

Hall got her hat trick with her third goal just 48 seconds into the second half, and she left the game shortly thereafter. Boyle's final goal came in the 62nd minute on a goal from Lauren Smith off a corner kick.

Boyle held a 24-7 advantage in shots. Jordan Smith had seven saves in the Garrard goal while Lydia Hignite made four saves for Boyle.

Deem said his team has to continue to improve as the season starts to wind down to the district tournament.

"We made some silly mistakes in the box that against some better teams are going to cost us a goal, not to take anything away from Garrard," Deem said. "It's going to be a constant process to make sure we don't have those letdowns."

For Carrier, he's also looking for improvement from his squad. He said he sees how much better the Lions have gotten, and has a positive feeling about what they could accomplish in the 29th District Tournament.

"I could probably juggle the lineup around a little bit if I have to to get ready for the district, maybe set something up a little more defensively against some teams," Carrier said. "If they come into the district and play as hard as they did in the first half, then I'm satisfied we can make some noise."

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