HALL OF FAME
GIRLS' 5th REGION SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Bardstown advances to SFs with 3-0 win over LaRue
October 29, 2013Bardstown High School
Coming into the postseason with a losing record, Bardstown is showing itself adept at sending home teams with gaudy win-loss records. The latest victim was 15-match winner LaRue County, 3-0, in Sunday’s girls’ 5th Region quarterfinals.
The Tigers were in action against Central Hardin and Nelson County met Elizabethtown in semifinal matches Tuesday after press time for this edition. Go to kystandard.com for results.
The Tigers got a pair of first-half goals from Kindsay Riney and a dagger of a goal from Johnnie Caldwell just four seconds before halftime to post a 3-0 win over LaRue County and advance to the semifinals. LaRue County’s season ended at 15-3-2.
For Bardstown (6-12-1), the recent turnaround has been dramatic when compared to the Tigers’ difficult 1-9-1 start. The Tigers started to turn the corner Sept. 21 with a 4-2 win over Southwestern in the Lafayette Turf Invitational, snapping an eight-match winless streak. From there Bardstown has gone 5-3, and in the past eight days the Tigers have knocked two teams with 15 or more wins — LaRue County and Thomas Nelson — out of the postseason.
“I think we’ve gotten through the turmoil of losing,” Tigers coach Martin Bodkin said of his team’s early-season struggles, which came on the heels of a two-year run where Bardstown won 34 of 45 matches. “They’re getting that belief (that they can win) at the right time of the season, and that’s a good thing.”
Bardstown didn’t break through until Riney got an opening in the game’s 23rd minute, intercepting a goal kick to give the Tigers an early 1-0 advantage to work with.
Bodkin said the first score came a bit later than he’d hoped, as the Tigers were able to create some scoring chances in the young minutes of the match. Bardstown outshot LaRue 39-3 in the match.
More opportunities came as the first half wound down, and Riney cashed in on one of them with just 70 seconds left before halftime off a give-and-go from Sarah Kahleifeh, an insurance goal that made it 2-0.
“Once you score, you’re always looking for that cushion,” Bodkin said.
That cushion got even bigger when Caldwell launched a long shot that found the back of the net as announcers were counting down the final seconds.
“That was big — I think it took the wind out of them,” Bodkin said of taking a 3-0 lead into the half. “It allowed us to change things up in the second half.”
From there, the Tiger defense and sophomore goalkeeper Haley Harned kept things clean to preserve the shutout. Bardstown has allowed just one goal over the past three matches.