Danville, Garrard boys win in district tourney

October 20, 2004

Jeffrey Ricker assisted on both goals for the Danville boys Tuesday in their 2-0 victory over Mercer County at Admiral Stadium in the first round of the 29th District Tournament.

The Admirals snapped a five-game losing streak and advance to the semifinals tonight at Campbellsville.

After a scoreless first half, fourth-seeded Danville (9-9-1) got on the board five minutes into the second half when Jordan Gay scored off an assist from Ricker. Reserve Casey Maupin scored on a header off a pass from Ricker 19 minutes into the half to give the Admirals all the offense they would need to beat No. 5 seed Mercer (5-13-0).

Danville assistant coach Keith Madill said Maupin gave the Admirals a spark off the bench.

"We moved a lot of people in and out of the game to try to get someone from the bench to step up," Madill said. "Casey ... gave us a lift from the bench with a goal and strong midfield play."


Madill also said goalkeeper Matt Booth made several impressive saves for Danville, which outshot Mercer 16-7.

Danville will play in tonight's first semifinal against top-seeded Garrard County, a 5-1 winner over Harrodsburg Tuesday. Boyle County will then meet Marion County.

Garrard County 5, Harrodsburg 1 - At Lancaster, Jacob Denny staked Garrard to a 3-0 lead by scoring three times in the first 33 minutes, and the Golden Lions (17-1-1) went on to beat eighth-seeded Harrodsburg (3-6) for their 13th straight win.

Heath Ayres and reserve Justin Christian scored in the second half for Garrard, and coach John Martin said they and sweeper Travis Gilliam turned in strong performances.

Denny scored off an assist from Anthony Henderson seven minutes into the game, got an unassisted goal in the 30th min-ute and scored off a Will Keeton pass in the 33rd minute.

Harrodsburg's lone goal came in the final minute of the first half, but the Lions answered when Ayres scored off a Malcolm Smith pass 24 seconds into the second half, and Christian scored an unassisted goal midway through the half.

Garrard outshot Harrodsburg 15-4 in the first half and 21-7 in the second half.

"Harrodsburg ... hustled all over the field, and their coach needs to be proud of how much they've improved since their first game," Martin said.


Garrard County 3, Mercer County 2 - At Lancaster, No. 4 seed Garrard (3-8-1) held No. 5 seed Mercer (4-14) scoreless for the final 25 minutes to win its suspended first-round game in the 29th District Tournament.

The game was suspended Monday due to a thunderstorm with 25 minutes remaining and Garrard leading 3-2.

Monday's second game between Taylor County and Boyle County was postponed, and the semifinals and final were pushed back to Thursday and Saturday. Garrard will play Danville in Thursday's first semifinal; Boyle County, a 5-0 winner over Taylor County, will meet Marion County.

Sydney Napier opened the scoring for Garrard three minutes into the game, but Mercer's Erin Ashford tied it on a penalty kick two minutes later.

Near the midpoint of the first half, Chelsea Denny scored on a deflection off Mercer goalkeeper Whitney Cecil, and Abby Parsons scored the Lions' last goal on a header off a Sara Carrier corner kick.

Ashford scored on a direct kick 40 seconds into the second half to pull Mercer within 3-2.

Garrard outshot Mercer 14-7. Cecil and Garrard's Jordan Smith had four saves each.

Boyle County 5, Taylor County 0 - At Lancaster, third-seeded Boyle (10-7-1) scored all five of its goals in the first half in a rout of No. 6 seed Taylor (3-12-1).

Sarah Hall scored three times to raise her season total to 38 goals, and Leah Missik had two assists.

Taylor took the attack to Boyle early in the game, firing two shots off the goalpost in the first 10 minutes.

"They had us on our heels the first five or 10 minutes," Boyle coach Brian Deem said.

Marissa Hibbs started the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 10:02 mark, Hall scored off an assist from Missik at 16:40 and again off a Kaylynn Evans pass at 24:12. Less than three minutes later, Kelsey Ar-nett scored off Missik's second assist, and Erica Adams fed a pass to Hall for the final goal with 1:40 left in the first half.

Boyle had 12 shots in the first half and 13 in the second.

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