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For almost 60 minutes, the Scott Lady Highlanders soccer team gave the Kingston Lady Jackets fits, but the Lady Jackets persevered down the stretch to keep their district title hopes alive with a 4-1 win Monday night to advance to the second round of their district tournament.
“I'm happy for the win,” said Kingston head coach Greg Bowman “We have got to keep working on the pace of the game and keep playing our game. We can't out-physical these teams because we're more of a finesse team and quick, so we need to focus on getting around our opponents better.”
Kingston started off fast with a goal in the opening minute on an Alex Hartley goal to take an early 1-0 lead. At the 20-minute mark, the Lady Jackets tacked on another goal when April Parkison scored on an Allison Rich assist, making the score 2-0 at halftime.
Scott County cut the deficit in half at the 50-minute mark when Cherith Chambers scored for the Lady 'Landers, making the score 2-1.
Eight minutes later, the Jackets scored on an Amanda Riggs goal with Hartley on the assist, giving the Lady Jackets a 3-1 lead.
At the 75-minute mark, Christina Neal put the icing on Kingston's victory cake with a goal of her own to get the score to 4-1 for the Lady Jackets, but she suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury on the play.
The game would end at 4-1 in favor of the Lady Jackets. Alex Hartley (1 goal, 1 assist), April Parkison (1 goal), Amanda Riggs (1 goal) and Christina Neal (1 goal) led the Lady Jackets scoring charge with Michaela Grubb (10 saves) leading the charge for the Lady Jackets.
Scott was led in scoring by Cherith Chambers (1 goal).
“We had a couple of girls who hadn't scored lately that really came through for us in Alex Hartley and Amanda Riggs,” added Coach Bowman. “I'm just happy for the win right now.”