The Fleming County Woman Panthers fought again towards a robust Powell County Woman Pirates staff in a Kentucky 2A part 6 event recreation.
Initially scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday night time’s recreation towards 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 targets in regulation time.
“AP, Madison and Soph have been enjoying for years. Since most likely the primary grade. They only know one another very nicely after which we are able to all the time throw in an additional individual again there and we are able to all the time depend on these three to guide them. Protection has been strong all season up to now.” mentioned Woman Panthers head coach, Abby Pfeffer.
This is able to be Pfeffer’s fourth recreation as head coach of the Woman Panthers, a staff that up to now 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 prime 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 yr. We actually all must step as much as fill that place, however I knew that I might depend on any of the ladies that I put on the market. It didn’t matter in the event that they made it or missed it I knew that we’d pull via.” mentioned coach Pfeffer.
With neither staff 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 towards 5 of Powell county’s finest kickers, and the Woman Pirate’s goalkeeper did the identical. In spite of everything 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 staff took to the road, leading to Powell County being one behind in factors. Hazelrigg then took to the road to face off towards Powell County’s goalkeeper, sending the ball into the web, scoring the sport successful objective.
After the penalty kicks had 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 event, the Woman Panther’s futures are trying vibrant this season. Coach Pfeffer expressed her delight for her groups efficiency.
“I feel the ladies left all of it on the sphere. It was a really shut recreation the entire time, however they didn’t cease enjoying till that final objective was made.” mentioned coach Pfeffer.
Fleming County has an extended street in entrance of them earlier than they’ve the power to repeat their district championship win from the previous three years, nevertheless, the beginning of their season has proven nice promise regardless of dropping Burnette. Presently, the staff is led by junior Macy Perkins in scoring, with Perkins scoring 4 complete targets up to now this season, averaging 1.3 per recreation, primarily based on information submitted to KHSAA previous to Wednesday’s competitors.
“I’m actually excited. I feel we’re gonna have a fantastic season. We’ve got quite a bit to dwell as much as in comparison with the final three years, we’re three time district champs. I wish to maintain that going. We’ve got a number of work forward of us however we’ve a fantastic staff. They’re nice ladies on and off the sphere, within the classroom so I can depend on them to do nice issues and I hope they will depend on me as nicely.” mentioned coach Pfeffer.
The Woman Panthers can be again in motion on Monday, August 28 the place they are going to head to Bourbon County to tackle the Woman Colonels, a staff that’s presently additionally undefeated.