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SHEPHERDSVILLE - The weather was perfect. Both teams were on the field. There was a good crowd in the stands.
Unfortunately, Saturday’s scheduled girls’ soccer showdown between North Bullitt and Bullitt Central needed one more thing - officials. As it turned out, none of the three officials made an appearance for the 10 a.m. start time. By 10:30 the two coaches agreed to send everyone home and will try to reschedule the match for another time.
The teams are still scheduled to play at North Bullitt on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Both teams have tasted some success this season so both were looking forward to competing on Saturday on the Bullitt Central football field.
North Bullitt started the season with three straight wins before finding out they still have work to do in the always tough 9th District.
The Lady Eagles opened the season with a 4-0 victory at Fort Knox as senior Halee Heltsley scored two girls along with single goals by senior Kristin Mulliniks and freshman Breanna Sherrard. Senior goalie Samantha Curtsinger had the shut-out.
The green and gold followed that up with a 7-3 victory at home over district rival LaRue County. Heltsley, who has committed to Mississippi State, scored five of the teams’ goals in the win while sophomore Taylor Johnson scored the other two goals.
North Bullitt also collected a 3-2 victory on the road at Marion County. Heltsley had two of the goals while Johnson had one.
The first loss of the season came on Wednesday as Bardstown came to North Bullitt and left with a 3-0 victory. The Lady Tigers will be one of the favorites in the district this season.
“I think that showed we can compete with the top teams in the district,” first-year North Bullitt head coach Ryan Bringhurst said. “We fell a little short but we were closer than last year. We’ll know even more after we play Nelson and Bethlehem and also Bullitt East.
North Bullitt will travel to Mount Washington next Wednesday to play Bullitt East in the only meeting scheduled between the two squads this season.
“I think we are playing well but conditioning is still an issue,” Bringhurst said. “We’re hoping to get in better shape for longer periods of time.”
Bullitt Central already knows something from experience that the other teams in the county only suspect - that the Nelson County teams are strong again. The Lady Cougars opened the season with a 10-0 loss at Bethlehem and they also had a 10-0 home loss to Nelson County. The maroon and gray also lost 4-0 to Collegiate on Friday.
Coach Patrick Neel’s team did get a win during the first week of the season when they rolled past Whitefield Academy 4-1. All four Bullitt Central goals were scored by junior forward Crystal Lemons.
“They are building their program much as we are,” Neel said. “We just had a better game.
“Lemons had those four goals, but it wasn’t just her,” the coach added. “The rest of the team did a good job working with her.”
Neel was not as happy with the performance against Collegiate.
“We came out very flat,” the coach said. “It was a combination of heat and stuff. I think we should play better with Collegiate. They are more on our level than the Nelson County teams.”
Lady Chargers Hot
In preparation for next week’s big game against North Bullitt, Bullitt East has been surging and scoring a lot of goals under first-year head coach Richard Carver.
The team opened the season with an 8-0 loss to Providence, one of the top teams in Indiana Since that time, the red and gold have won four straight games.
The first victory was a 6-3 win at Meade County. Lexi Higginbotham one of the top scorers in the state last season, had three of the goals while Jessi Hottois scored twice. The other goal was netted by Alnee Tutson.
Bullitt East won by the same score a day later over Taylor County. Tutson had two of the goals while Elizabeth Hatter also scored twice. The Lady Chargers also got single goals from Higginbotham and Katie Lancaster.
Last week, the Lady Chargers just blew their opposition off the field as they crushed Washington County 10-0 and Pleasure Ridge Park 9-0. Freshman Kyra Banta got the shut-out in both wins.
Against Washington County, nine different players scored. Hottois had two goals while single goals were scored by Banta, Kayla Buckler, Higginbotham, Shelby Holt, Katie Lancaster, Alyssa Ridgway, Megan Roby and Megan Tomes.
The score was not quite as spread out in the win over PRP. Higginbotham led the way with three goals while Jessica Carver, Hottois and Tutson each scored twice.