By John Lachmann
CYNTHIANA, Ky. – Dave Morris waited until after Campbell County had wrapped up its win to inform his players of the school record they had just broken.
The Camels beat Harrison County, 5-0 in a Region 10 semifinal on the Thorobreds’ home field, giving Campbell County a new mark of 15 wins this season.
The Camels established the old mark of 14 last season in the same round.
“Feels even better than last year,” senior forward Natalie Visse said.
Visse was a big part of the win, scoring in the seventh minute and again later in the half. She has three goals in the regional tournament.
Campbell County’s five-goal outburst was welcomed by a team that had just five markers in its last six matches.
Morris said his team’s 2-1 win over Clark County in the first round of regionals was a turning point for his team’s offense.
“We finally got it back into gear like earlier in the year and going to the goal – all the forwards and the outside halfbacks,” Morris said. “We struggled there for a while by not doing that.”
Visse knocked in the first goal from deep in the box after junior Abby Vandergriff drove the left wing and centered a pass to her just 6:29 into the match.
“(That goal) felt great,” Visse said. “It gave us even more confidence for the rest of the game”.
Senior Brandi Rice extended the lead less than three minutes later when she left-footed a shot from the left side after five outstanding short passes in a row including the assist by senior Lauren Macke, and the ball went over the goalkeeper’s head off her fingertipss.
Visse popped a loose ball over the keeper with 8:05 left in the first half to make it 3-0, and sophomore Taylor Jolly extended the lead to four with 4:40 remaining until the break.
Harrison County did not even generate a shot until seconds after the Camels’ fourth goal forcing junior goalkeeper Bryanna Schroers to make a save on a hard shot. Schroers finished with three saves as she recorded her 11th shutout of the season.
Sophomore Kelsey Riley took a partly-deflected drop pass from fellow classman Ashley Schreiber at the top of the box and ripped it in to cap the scoring with 29:43 to play.
It was the second goal of the postseason for Riley, who had just one marker in the regular season.
Campbell County advances to face Brossart, a team that has blanked the Camels twice this season. The teams played three times in 2012 and each went to a shootout, including the regional final.
The Mustangs won each time. Campbell County tied Brossart in 2009 and 2010 but has not beaten them since 2003.
HALFTIME: 4-0. GOALS: CC—Visse 2, Rice, Jolly, Riley. SHUTOUT: Schroers (3 saves). RECORDS: Campbell County 15-5-2, Harrison County 10-7-1.