MOUNT WASHINGTON - In the first intra-county girls’ soccer match of the season, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers struck quickly and then never looked back on Monday as they rolled past visiting Bullitt Central 9-0.
Both teams had a pair of victories under their belts this season, but this one belonged to Bullitt East once they scored seven minutes into the game. Coach Brittany Orme’s team was up 4-0 at halftime and then coasted to the victory.
“I thought we played well,” Orme said between the varsity and junior-varsity contest. “Our offense and defense played together better. They communicated better than they have been.”
This is a busy week for the Bullitt East. After playing Bullitt Central on Monday, the red and gold were set to host Pleasure Ridge Park on Tuesday. That was going to lead into a showdown with powerful North Bullitt on Wednesday. That game will be played at North Bullitt starting at 5:30 p.m.
Most of the game on Monday was played on Bullitt Central’s end of the field. Bullitt East already had a number of shots on goal when Alex Snyder chipped a shot over the Bullitt Central goalie to start the scoring. Before the midway point of the half, freshman Lexi Higginbotham scored again for Bullitt East.
Before halftime, Bullitt East added a goal from another freshman, Katie Lancaster. With six minutes left in the half, the Lady Chargers’ third freshman, Jessi Hottois, scored to make it 4-0 at the break.
In the end, Bullitt East got two goals each from Snyder, Higginbotham and Hottois. Single goals were scored by Lancaster, senior Sara Meyer and senior Shelby Boling.
While the big game during the week will be against North Bullitt, Orme felt her team was ready for Monday’s contest.
“Any district game they are pumped up for,” the second-year coach said. “We have the game coming up on Wednesday and we’re excited for that.”
Bullitt East opened the season with back-to-back losses to good teams. The first week of the season included a 4-1 district loss to Bardstown and then a 5-1 setback to Meade County. Since that time, the red and gold beat Southern 9-0 and Whitefield Academy 8-1.
“We always seem to start with two tough games,” Orme said. “We learned a lot playing Bardstown and Meade County. When we play them again we’ll know what to expect.”
Every player that dressed for the varsity played on Monday and Orme even used three different goalies in the shut-out, senior Emily Gentry and juniors Katie Stewart and Dallas Henson.
“We always like to use a lot of players,” the coach said. “We might have subbed a little more today than normal.”
For Bullitt Central head coach Neal Cox Monday was not a good day. Coming in with a 2-1 record, he had better hopes for his team in this outing.
“We were overmatched and made a lot of mistakes,” the long-time coach said. “We just seemed really flat today.”
The Lady Cougars had a lot of problems keeping pressure on the ball when Bullitt East was on the offensive end of the field.
“Right now we’re going to be working on pressuring the ball and taking up the space,” the coach said.
“We’ve had a bunch of sickness,” Cox added. “A lot of girls are not feeling their best, but that is no excuse. We just got outplayed.”
After opening the season with a 10-0 win over Waggener, the Lady Cougars then beat LaRue County 2-0. The short winning streak then ended with a 6-1 setback to Collegiate. Bullitt Central will play on the road for the fifth straight game on Thursday of this week when they go to Southern, but the maroon and gray will play at home for the first time next Tuesday when they play host to district rival Bethlehem.
In what has become the ‘norm’ in recent years, Bullitt Central and Bullitt East will play just once during the regular season. The teams cannot meet again until the district tournament in the middle of October.