By John Lachmann
Newport Central Catholic is headed to the All ‘A’ championship match after beat Pikeville, 10-0 and Bethlehem, 5-2 on Saturday.
The Thoroughbreds’ state quarterfinal was called at halftime after a 10-goal outburst in the opening 40 minutes.
Freshman striker Taylor Tolle and senior striker Chandler Cain scored a pair of goals in that match, and Cain picked up an assist.
Senior midfielder Samantha Bunzel added a pair of helpers for NewCath.
In the state semifinal, Tolle scored three times and Bunzel recorded a marker and an assist, giving her the all-time Thoroughbreds’ career assist record.
NewCath last won this tournament in 2007, when the Thoroughbreds capped off a three-year title streak.
The championship match against Owensboro will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
HALFTIME: 10-0. GOALS: NCC—Tolle 2, Cain 2, Zimmerman, Seibert, Gries, Schabell, Gessner, Schalk. SHUTOUT: Martin (0 saves). RECORDS: NewCath 9-1-2, Pikeville 11-1.
HALFTIME: 3-0. GOALS: NCC—Tolle 3, Bunzel, Zimmerman. B—Nelson 2. RECORDS: NewCath 10-1-2, Bethlehem 9-10.
RYLE 1, LEXINGTON DUNBAR 0 – Freshman midfielder Hannah Poe scored the only goal of the match on a second-half free kick.
Poe buried a shot from 30 yards out into the upper left corner with 29 minutes left in the match.
Raiders freshman Allie Ast turned three shots aside to earn her first varsity full-match shutout.
Ryle has won six straight matches, all by shutout. The Raiders have not allowed a goal since Sept. 9.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: R—Poe. SHUTOUT: Ast (3 saves). RECORDS: Ryle 10-2-1, Dunbar 4-7-3.
LUDLOW 1, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 0 – Senior forward Breeann Bailey netted her 33rd goal of the season and No. 98 for her career.
The lone goal of the match, Bailey beat two defenders and buried a shot in the opposite corner 10 minutes into the second half.
Junior Jaden Crawford stopped four shots to earn her second shutout of the season.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOAL: L—Bailey. SHUTOUT: Crawford (4 saves). RECORDS: Ludlow 8-5, Calvary Christian 1-12-1.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 5, VILLA MADONNA 0 – Junior forward Abby Vandergriff scored twice for the Camels, giving her a team-best 10 tallies on the season.
Junior goalkeeper Bryanna Schroers stopped three shots to pick up her eighth shutout of the season, and she also earned an assist.
Schroers set up Vandergriff’s second goal when she booted the ball three-quarters of the way down the field, it bounced once and Vandergriff corralled it and fired it into the net.
HALFTIME: 4-0. GOALS: CC—Vandergriff 2, Macke, Gerhardstein, Schwarber. SHUTOUT: Schroers (3 saves). RECORDS: Campbell County 12-2-1, Villa Madonna 8-5-1.
COOPER 8, CARROLL COUNTY 0 – Freshman forward Kiara Horn scored three goals and assisted on another to pace the Jaguars.
Horn scored consecutive goals in the first half to give Cooper a 3-0 lead, and she added one marker after the break.
Sophomore forward Madison Bleska added a goal and an assist – setting up one of Horn’s first-half goals.
HALFTIME: 3-0. GOALS: C—Horn 3, Bleska, Nogus, Conner, Newport, Kramer. SHUTOUT: Newport (1 save). RECORDS: Cooper 3-9, Carroll County 2-12-1.
CINCINNATI MOUNT NOTRE DAME 2, ST. HENRY 0 – Seniors Maddie Volz and Kelly Detmer found the net for the Cougars.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: MND—Volz, Detmer. SHUTOUT: Leshnek (4 saves). RECORDS: Mount Notre Dame 4-2-6, St. Henry 4-6-2.
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Junior center fielder Blaise Ostertag doubled in two in the bottom of the fourth to lift Conner to a win over Scott.
Freshman center fielder Hailey Nicholas singled up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift Cooper to a win over Campbell County.
Sophomore Sheldon Preisler won his eighth straight match to open the season as Boone County edged Lloyd, 3-2 on Wednesday.
Sophomore Erin Mogus remained perfect through five matches with her win at third singles as Cooper shut out Covington Latin.
Eighth-grader Curtis Kalbaugh improved to 7-0 on the season with a win at second singles as Ryle shut out St. Henry.
Conner coach Brad Arlinghaus set the school record for coaching wins as his Cougars beat Ryle.
Junior designated hitter Chelcey Broughton singled home two to put Simon Kenton ahead for good in a win over Grant County.
Junior shortstop Jake Whitford singled up the middle to plate the lone run in Highlands’ win over Cincinnati McNicholas.
The second doubles team rallied to win five straight games in the final set but Campbell County fell to Montgomery County, in the first of…
Newport Central Catholic advanced to the All ‘A’ state tournament for the first time since 2011 with wins over Lloyd and St. Henry.