By John Lachmann
Boone County took a three-goal lead in the first half, saw that erased in the second half and won anyway in double overtime, 4-3 over Conner in a District 33 semifinal on Wednesday.
Senior midfielder Christen Prather opened the scoring 1:20 into the match, and freshman midfielder Payton Black extended the lead to two in the eighth minute.
Sophomore forward Skylar Lehmkuhl gave the Rebels a 3-0 lead with 12 minutes left in the opening half, but the Cougars answered with a pair of goals two minutes apart to cut the lead to one at the break.
With four minutes left in regulation, Conner completed the comeback by scoring the tying goal.
But Black punched Boone County’s ticket to the regional tournament, scoring with just over two minutes left in the second overtime. After beating a defender, the goalkeeper came out and Black chipped a shot over her head for the game winner.
It was the 28th goal of the season for Black, who also assisted on Lehmkuhl’s goal.
The district final will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
HALFTIME: Boone County, 3-2. GOALS: BC—Black 2, Prather, Lehmkuhl. C—Noel, VonLehman, Panella. RECORDS: Boone County 16-5-1, Conner 5-7-5.
RYLE 2, COOPER 0 – Sophomore forward Emily Erdman scored in the first half and junior midfielder Lauren Duggins added a goal after the break for the Raiders in a District 33 semifinal.
Erdman opened the scoring in the 34th minute when she intercepted a clearing attempt, made a move to beat a defender and shot one into the upper corner.
Senior midfielder Claire Kolkmeyer crossed a pass in the box that Erdman intentionally redirected to a wide-open Duggins for a tap-in.
Ryle fired 41 shots -- 23 on goal -- and the Raiders' defense allowed just two shots on goal.
Ryle will host Boone County in the district title match at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: R—Erdman, Duggins. SHUTOUT: Poe and Collins (2 saves). RECORDS: Ryle 13-3-1, Cooper 4-13.
SIMON KENTON 10, GRANT COUNTY 0 – Senior midfielder Jasmine Cahill netted three goals and assisted on another to pace the Pioneers in the District 32 final.
Senior outside midfielders Destiny Crawford and Abby Gardella added two goals each in the Simon Kenton win. Gardell, whose tallies were the first of her career, also added an assist.
HALFTIME: 5-0. GOALS: SK—Cahill 3, Crawford 2, Gardella 2, Steele, Abel, Cook. SHUTOUT: Fischer and Thatcher (5 saves). RECORDS: Simon Kenton 10-7-4, Grant County 6-10-1.
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