By John Lachmann
Covington Catholic scored three consecutive goals over a 19-minute span and held off a late surge in a 3-2 win over Highlands on Thursday.
The Bluebirds got on the board first on a goal by senior Mitchell Gesenhues, but Colonels senior midfielder Adam Atkinson tied it with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Junior defender Joe Schuh put CovCath ahead three minutes into the second half, and junior defender Parker Kenney extended the Colonels’ lead to two with 26 minutes left in the match.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: CC—Atkinson, Schuh, Kenney. H—Gesenhues, Schurr. RECORDS: CovCath 5-4-2, Highlands 7-4-1.
BROSSART 4, BOONE COUNTY 3 – Senior striker Jake Jennings scored three times, including the game-winning goal in the final minute for the Mustangs.
Bishop Brossart held a 3-2 halftime lead, but Boone County managed to equalize the score when sophomore forward Brent Rice scored from just outside the 18-yard box on a corner kick five minutes into the second half.
The score remained tied until Jennings dribbled just inside the 18-yard box and fired a shot into the far side of the goal.
HALFTIME: Brossart, 3-2. GOALS: BR—Jennings 3, Geiman. BC—O’Hara, Mayberry, Rice. RECORDS: Brossart 10-1, Boone County 7-4-1.
SIMON KENTON 2, CAMPBELL COUNTY 1 – Senior forward Tyler Smith netted the game-winning goal with four minutes remaining.
Smith’s shot from 20 yards out hit the inside of the right post, kicked all the way across and hit the netting on the inside of the left part of the goal off a one-touch pass by senior defender Brent Russell.
Senior midfielder Corey Graham scored the Pioneers’ other goal on a head ball with seven minutes to play in the first half.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: SK—Graham, Smith. CC—Schneider. RECORDS: Simon Kenton 5-6-1, Campbell County 7-5.
HOLY CROSS 3, CARROLL COUNTY 3 – Indians junior midfielder Ryan Zurborg scored the tying goal with five minutes remaining.
Zurborg took a pass near the goal line from sophomore defender Nate Doggett and tapped it in.
The Panthers led, 1-0 at halftime, but sophomore Alex Enzweiler and junior Jared Seibert both scored to give Holy Cross the lead.
Carroll County answered with consecutive goals of its own, setting up Zurborg’s decisive tally.
The Panthers’ goalkeeper tipped a blast just wide off a free kick – the only foul of the match – seconds before full time.
HALFTIME: Carroll County, 1-0. GOALS: HC—Zurborg, Seibert, Enzweiler. CC—N/A. RECORDS: Holy Cross 4-9-2, Carroll County 8-7.
NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, MADISON CENTRAL 1 – Junior center midfielder Patrick Lewis’ marker with 12 minutes left in regulation sealed the match.
Seniors Matt Tolle and Evan Brannon scored in the first half for the Thoroughbreds. Madison Central cut the lead to one after halftime before Lewis put it away.
HALFTIME: 2-0. GOALS: NCC—Tolle, Brannon, Lewis. MC—Baker. RECORDS: NewCath 9-3-1, Madison Central 6-4-1.
DIXIE HEIGHTS 1, PENDLETON COUNTY 1 – Junior forward Mitchell Reeves scored the lone goal for the Colonels.
GOALS: DH—Reeves. PC—N/A. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 4-6-2, Pendleton County 5-9-1.
RYLE 5, COOPER 0 – Junior midfielder Suliman Kayed and senior striker Alberto Aguirre scored two goals each to key the Raiders’ win.
Senior midfielder Connor Hutcherson added a goal and an assist for Ryle, which won its seventh straight match.
Raiders junior goalkeepers Jagger Reno stopped three shots to earn his sixth shutout of the season.
HALFTIME: 3-0. GOALS: R—Kayed 2, Aguirre 2, Hutcherson. SHUTOUT: Reno (3 saves). RECORDS: Ryle 7-3-1, Cooper 3-9-1.
LOUISVILLE MALE 4, ST. HENRY 3 – The Crusaders scored two late goals but were unable to erase their second-half three-goal deficit.
Senior midfielder K.C. Grone, senior forward Cory Eibel and junior midfielder Adam Lannon all found the net for St. Henry.
Senior midfielder Campbell Morris scored twice and assisted on a third goal to pace the Bulldogs.
HALFTIME: Male, 2-0. GOALS: M—Morris 2, Green, Bayse. SH—Grone, Eibel, Lannon. RECORDS: Male 10-2-1, St. Henry 4-4-1.
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