The Fleming County Woman Panthers fought again in opposition to a robust Powell County Woman Pirates crew in a Kentucky 2A part 6 match recreation.
Initially scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday evening’s recreation in opposition to the Woman Pirates was a troublesome battle for each groups from begin to end. Defensively, the Woman Panthers performed phenomenally, permitting no Powell County no objectives in regulation time.
“AP, Madison and Soph have been taking part in for years. Since in all probability the primary grade. They simply know one another very effectively after which we are able to at all times throw in an additional individual again there and we are able to at all times rely on these three to steer them. Protection has been stable all season thus far.” mentioned Woman Panthers head coach, Abby Pfeffer.
This might be Pfeffer’s fourth recreation as head coach of the Woman Panthers, a crew that thus far this season, has gone undefeated. With a 10-0 win over St. Patrick of their season opener, a 1-0 win over West Carter, and a 1-1 tie to Johnson Central, the Woman Panthers are trying sturdy on the high of 2023.
Sadly for the Woman Panthers, Powell County’s protection was simply as sturdy.
Fleming County was additionally held to zero by the top of the 80 minutes of regulation time, with a aggressive Powell County goalkeeper making certain Fleming’s pictures wouldn’t make the web.
“I do know it’s actually laborious on the lady as a result of, we misplaced MaKayla Burnette who was our main scorer final 12 months. We actually all need to step as much as fill that place, however I knew that I may rely on any of the women that I put on the market. It didn’t matter in the event that they made it or missed it I knew that we might pull by.” mentioned coach Pfeffer.
With neither crew scoring a objective, and the sport tied 0-0 on the finish of the second half, the competition was then to be selected a spherical of penalty kicks.
Fleming County goalkeeper Hadlee Hazelrigg confronted off in opposition to 5 of Powell county’s finest kickers, and the Woman Pirate’s goalkeeper did the identical. In any case 5 penalty kicks, the sport remained tied, now 4-4 in penalty pictures.
With this being the case, the sport was then thrusted right into a sudden loss of life playoff spherical.
5 extra kickers from every crew took to the road, leading to Powell County being one behind in factors. Hazelrigg then took to the road to face off in opposition to Powell County’s goalkeeper, sending the ball into the web, scoring the sport successful objective.
After the penalty kicks have been over, Fleming County was awarded the win, outscoring Powell County 1-0.
With one other win below their belts, and a win within the first spherical of the Kentucky 2A state match, the Woman Panther’s futures are trying vivid this season. Coach Pfeffer expressed her delight for her groups efficiency.
“I feel the women left all of it on the sphere. It was a really shut recreation the entire time, however they didn’t cease taking part in till that final objective was made.” mentioned coach Pfeffer.
Fleming County has an extended street in entrance of them earlier than they’ve the flexibility to repeat their district championship win from the previous three years, nonetheless, the beginning of their season has proven nice promise regardless of dropping Burnette. At the moment, the crew is led by junior Macy Perkins in scoring, with Perkins scoring 4 whole objectives thus far this season, averaging 1.3 per recreation, based mostly on knowledge submitted to KHSAA previous to Wednesday’s competitors.
“I’m actually excited. I feel we’re gonna have a fantastic season. We have now loads to stay as much as in comparison with the final three years, we’re three time district champs. I wish to maintain that going. We have now a variety of work forward of us however we’ve a fantastic crew. They’re nice ladies on and off the sphere, within the classroom so I can rely on them to do nice issues and I hope they’ll rely on me as effectively.” mentioned coach Pfeffer.
The Woman Panthers will likely be again in motion on Monday, August 28 the place they are going to head to Bourbon County to tackle the Woman Colonels, a crew that’s at the moment additionally undefeated.