By John Lachmann
Freshman midfielder Becca Collopy’s first career goal sent Newport Central Catholic to the state All ‘A’ tournament.
Collopy found the net with 26 minutes left in the Thoroughbreds’ 1-0 win over Brossart in the Region 9-vs.-Region 10 sectional match on Wednesday.
A Mustangs defender tried to clear out a long throw-in by junior striker Loren Zimmerman, but Collopy grabbed the loose ball and buried it.
Thoroughbreds freshman Megan Martin turned five shots aside to earn her fifth shutout of the season.
NewCath will play Pikeville in a state quarterfinal at 9 a.m. on Sept. 28 in Elizabethtown.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: NCC—Collopy. SHUTOUT: Martin (5 saves). RECORDS: NewCath 8-1-1, Brossart 8-3.
HIGHLANDS 2, NOTRE DAME 1, PKs – Freshman midfielder Kayla Nehus knocked home the decisive penalty kick in the Bluebirds’ second match of the Lexington Catholic Cup.
Highlands converted all four of its kicks, and the Pandas missed twice – once high and once off a post. Sophomore Brooklynn Rivers, junior Allyson Bridewell and freshman Kiersten Clukey hit the first three shots for the Bluebirds.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, Notre Dame senior Zoe Stovik intercepted a clearing attempt, went 1-on-1 with the Highlands goalkeeper and deposited it in the net to give the Pandas the lead.
The Bluebirds tied it two minutes later off a free kick. Junior forward Taylor Vaughn took a shot from 18 yards out that slipped just under the crossbar.
Highlands, which snapped the Pandas’ eight-match unbeaten streak, will play Thursday’s Louisville Sacred Heart-LexCath winner in the championship at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: H—Vaughn. ND—Stovik. RECORDS: Highlands 4-4-3, Notre Dame 8-2-1.
SIMON KENTON 1, BEECHWOOD 1 – Sophomore forward Gill Morris evened the score late in the second half as the Pioneers salvaged the tie.
Simon Kenton senior forward Savannah Steele fired a shot that the Tigers’ goalkeeper saved, but Morris was there to knock in the rebound.
Beechwood took the lead midway through the first half when senior Alex Keller scored off a feed from senior Emily Pawsat.
HALFTIME: Beechwood, 1-0. GOALS: SK—Morris. B—Keller. RECORDS: Simon Kenton 6-5-2, Beechwood 5-6-3.
VILLA MADONNA 0, CONNER 0 – Senior Alex Hengge stopped 13 shots to preserve the tie for the Blue Lightning.
It was the third solo shutout of the season for Hengge, and the fifth she has participated in.
Sophomore defender Lexie Aytes helped Villa Madonna hold the Cougars to four shots on goal.
Senior Gabby Saalfeld earned the shutout for Conner, recording all four saves.
HALFTIME: 0-0. SHUTOUTS: VM—Hengge (13 saves). C—Saalfeld (4 saves). RECORDS: Villa Madonna 6-4-3, Conner 2-5-1.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 5, COOPER 0 – Senior midfielder Lauren Macke recorded two goals as the Camels extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches (8-0-1).
Senior forward Natalie Visse picked up a goal and an assist, feeding a crossing pass to Macke for the first goal of the match at the 24-minute mark.
Junior Bryanna Schroers stopped four shots en route to recording her sixth shutout of the year.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: CC—Macke 2, Vandergriff, Schreiber, Visse. SHUTOUT: Schroers (4 saves). RECORDS: Campbell County 10-1-1, Cooper 0-9.
HOLY CROSS 8, DAYTON 0 – Sophomore Jewel Gerding scored twice and assisted on a third goal in the Indians’ win.
Sophomore Dahlia Deavy stopped six shots, recording her first career varsity shutout in her first start in net.
Juniors outside midfielder Kaelynn Hisle and Brenna D’Amico also netted a pair of goals each for Holy Cross, which has won three straight matches.
HALFTIME: 5-0. GOALS: HC—Gerding 2, Hisle 2, D’Amico 2, Dreas, Erwin. SHUTOUT: Deavy (6 saves). RECORDS: Holy Cross 4-7-1, Dayton 0-6-1.
SCOTT 9, COVINGTON LATIN 0 – Junior forward Kristen Gurley and junior forward Shea Stivers found the net twice each for the Eagles.
Junior midfielder Katie Hess and senior forward Jill Buntin scored their first goals of the season for Scott, which scored eight second half goals.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: S—Gurley 2, Stivers 2, Walters, Hess, Bramlage, Dixon, Buntin. SHUTOUT: Hedger (1 save). RECORDS: Scott 4-6-1, Covington Latin 3-8.
BOONE COUNTY 11, OWEN COUNTY 1 – Freshman midfielder Lilly Robinson and sophomore midfielder Paige Mersmann finished with three goals each for the Rebels.
Robinson also picked up an assist. Mersmann has now scored 15 goals on the season.
Boone County sophomore forward Skylar Lehmkuhl dished for a pair of assists, giving her a team-best 12 helpers this year.
HALFTIME: 5-0. GOALS: BC—Mersmann 3, Robinson 3, Thamann 2, Black 2, Prather. OC—Chappell. RECORDS: Boone County 11-2-1, Owen County 4-5.
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The Bluebirds are a victory away from a record seventh consecutive state title and a Kentucky best 23rd overall.
Senior guard Abby Owings went 4-for-4 from the foul line late in the fourth quarter to seal Simon Kenton’s win over Ryle.
Senior center Drew Burns racked up 20 points, including 10 in the second quarter, as Brossart edged Newport.
Senior forward/guard Vickie Stagge hit the winning basket on a backdoor cut with four seconds left in overtime as Lloyd edged Bellevue.
Freshman guard Sean McNeil scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half to help seal Cooper’s win over Walton-Verona.
Junior guard James Bolden led 12 Holmes players in scoring with 18 points as the Bulldogs pounded Newport in the teams’ season opener.
Sophomore guard Kylie Kramer hit a running layup with four seconds remaining to lift Campbell County.
Senior guard Abby Stadtmiler led all scorers with 23 points as Brossart beat Ryle, on the opening night of Kentucky high school basketball.
Simon Kenton scored 60 first-half points and reached the 100-point mark for just the second time this century as the Pioneers beat Holy Cross.
Highlands induced the running clock in the second quarter but saw its lead slip to seven before sealing another trip to the state championship.