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5th REGION GIRLS' SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Tigers thrash Knights, 11-1

November 28, 2012
Bardstown High School

5th REGION GIRLS' SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Tigers thrash Knights, 11-1 

By Nathaniel Bryan and Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

For about a minute, Marion County was the best team on the field, rolling in a surprise goal less than 30 seconds into its 5th Region girls’ soccer semifinal match with Bardstown.

<div class="source">Peter W. Zubaty</div><div class="image-desc">Katie Sidebottom (right) delivers a pass for Bardstown in the Tigers’ 11-1 win over Marion County.</div><div class="buy-pic"><a href="http://web2.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2newbuyphoto.cgi?pub=191&amp;orig=bhs_marion_gsreg_01.JPG" target="_new">Buy this photo</a></div>
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Katie Sidebottom (right) delivers a pass for Bardstown in the Tigers’ 11-1 win over Marion County.
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The rest of the way, however, it was all Tigers as Bardstown unleashed 11 unanswered goals on the Knights Wednesday, the final one coming from senior Karis Rogers on a rebound to stop the match with 2:34 left to play.

Bardstown senior Hannah Welch was able to chuckle about her squad falling in an early 1-0 hole.

“That was kind of a wakeup call for us,” she said. “We can’t just go out there and mess around.”

Bardstown assistant coach Mark St. Peter said the team was a bit flat early, but got its act together after that.

“We started slow, settled down after that,” he said. “We just tried to possess the ball and play smart, keep it simple.”

With the win, Bardstown advanced to the 5th Region championship match for the first time since 2007, improving to 14-5-1 overall and setting up a meeting with No. 10 Elizabethtown after press time Thursday. Go to www.kystandard.com for a recap.

“It’s really exciting,” Welch said. “I haven’t been in it since I’ve been in high school, so it’s exciting for me and the entire team.”

Anna Jones, one of a group of eight Bardstown seniors, got the Tigers on the board first, scoring off a corner kick less than four minutes into the match. Emma Cecil got her first of two about three minutes later to make it 2-1.

That’s where it stood for the next 13 minutes, until Marion County knocked a ball into its own goal off a Kaitlyn Wathen corner kick midway through the first half. Wathen got her second about two minutes later on a 30-yarder and the rout was on from there as Tiger coach Martin Bodkin was able to substitute liberally to keep his players fresh for the tight turnaround to Thursday’s title match. Jacey Welther scored a pair of goals to round out the first half with Bardstown up 6-1.

In the second half, Christine Seaman, Kindsay Riney, Emma Mattingly all scored, rounded out by Cecil’s second with five minutes left and Rogers’ game-stopper.

Welch said taking down the Panthers won’t be easy.

“We’re going to have to stay mentally tough, that’s the biggest thing,” she said. “We’ve been playing a lot better, a lot sharper, so we’ll have to keep that up.”

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