The stage is set - East vs. North on Wednesday

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6th Region Soccer

By Thomas Barr

 LOUISVILLE - It took a first half of momentum shifts before the Bullitt East Lady Chargers took control on Monday evening to advance to a regional semifinal showdown on Wednesday night.

The Lady Chargers got the ball rolling shortly after the halftime intermission to defeat Holy Cross 4-1 in the opening round of Sixth Region girls’ soccer action.

Bullitt East will return to the Holy Cross field on Wednesday to face North Bullitt in a semifinal battle starting at 5:30 p.m. The winner advances to the final to face the survivor of the Mercy/Pleasure Ridge Park game, which starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The halftime speech by head coach Daniel Rock must have been an inspiring one as Bullitt East came out on the offensive to open the second 40-minute period.

With 38:03 left in the contest, Lexi Higginbotham, one of the leading scorers in the state, got the pass in front of the goal and scored on the left side.

Keeping the pressure on, Jessi Hottois blasted the ball past the Holy Cross goalie for a 2-0 lead with 36:30 left in the game.

Higginbotham and Meghan Roby would later score goals to put the game out of reach.

In the first period, Bullitt East had its fair share of opportunity at scoring. However, several opportunities just missed and the teams were deadlocked at intermission.

With the victory, Bullitt East advances to the semifinals against North Bullitt, which had a bye into the semifinals.

The two teams met earlier in the season. On Aug. 30, Bullitt East came away with a 6-2 victory at home.

North Bullitt collected its first district title last week by defeating Bullitt Central in the final.


Bullitt Central soccer

The good new is that the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars advanced to the Sixth Region tournament.

The bad news is that the first-round opponent was Mercy.

Hosting the regional opener, Mercy scored early and often in turning back Bullitt Central 10-0.