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NB girls stay hot, BE looks stronger

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By Mike Farner

MOUNT WASHINGTON - The rematch turned out to be a lot closer than the first meeting in local girls’ soccer last Thursday as North Bullitt and Bullitt East met for the second time.

In early September it had been all North Bullitt as the Lady Eagles grabbed an 8-2 victory.

Three weeks later, when the action shifted to Bullitt East, the Lady Chargers were a more formidable foe. North Bullitt did manage to take advantage of three early corner kicks that they turned into goals, but that was all the offense they could muster before winning 3-1.   In fact, the first of those corner kicks came in the first minute of the match on a blustery day. On this kick, North Bullitt junior Lindsey Shepherd put the ball out in front of the net near the penalty box line. Teammate Heather Stillwell was there and the senior powered the kick into the net.   Later in the half, Shepherd had more corner kicks. Twice the talented junior take advantage of the wind and hooked shots just inside the near post to make it 3-0.   That was the way the score stood until the final 15 minutes. At that point, Bullitt East senior Meredith Hanley got loose in front of the goal and beat the goalie to make it 3-1.   In the closing minutes of the match, Bullitt East’s Lynsey Milburn had a free kick that she put in the box that Chelsea Roby headed into the back of the net. The goal was disallowed though as Roby was off-sides.   First-year North Bullitt head coach Eric Steier was not happy with his team’s preparation for such a big game.   “It was not our best effort,” the coach said. “I don’t know if we took them lightly or not. But, I wasn’t happy.”   For first-year Bullitt East head coach Britney Linde, the overall play was much better from her team.   “I really feel like when we played them two weeks ago that the score didn’t show how we played,” she said. “But, it was a big improvement this week.”   Bullitt East has been playing without regular goalie Dallas Henson who has been out with a knee injury. Katie Stewart has been between the pipes in recent games.   “We’ve just really been working on passing and spreading out the girls,” Linde said. “Just in the past few games they have started coming together and playing well.”   Still, Bullitt East is going to have the number five seed for the upcoming district tournament and will face the fourth-seeded team (as yet undecided) in an opening match.   Two days earlier, Bullitt East had traveled to Shepherdsville and beat Bullitt Central 6-0. It was 4-0 at halftime and Stewart only had to handle the ball a couple of times as the offense kept the ball on its end of the field.   “We played well,” Linde said. “It took some time for us to get used to that short field, but we adjusted well.”   Bullitt Central lost twice more last week after the Bullitt East setback. The Lady Cougars won two of their first three games of the season, but have been able to muster just a pair of 1-1 ties since that time along with six losses.   North Bullitt has a strong record this season, moving to 8-4-2 after the Bullitt East win. The Lady Eagles are presently 2-1-1 in district play with a match remaining on Tuesday of this week at home against Bethlehem. That game will go a long way in deciding the seeds for the second, third and fourth spots behind powerful Bardstown.   The girls’ Ninth District Tournament will be played at Bardstown the week of Oct. 12.