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Both Shelby teams end seasons early

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By Josh Cook

The best season in the brief history of the Collins girls’ soccer team came to a heartbreaking ending Monday night.

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After the two teams finished regulation and two 5-minute overtime periods tied at 1-all, Spencer County topped the Titans, 4-1, in a shootout in the 30th District Tournament semifinals at Collins.

“I’m sorry for the girls – they played well, they played hard – it’s just one of those things,” said Collins Coach Terry Murphy, whose team its third season 17-3-1.

Earlier in the evening, top-seeded Anderson County ended Shelby County’s season with a 3-0 victory in the first semifinal.

 

Spencer, 4, Collins 1

The Titans had defeated the Bears, 3-2, on Sept. 4 in Taylorsville, thanks to Lindsey Ketcham’s late goal after Spencer County rallied from a 2-0 deficit. This time around the Bears (6-12), who beat Collins, 6-0, in last year’s district tournament, struck first – scoring in the 10th minute.

Spencer’s lead was very short-lived, though. Less than a minute later Collins senior midfielder Shelby Vogel passed ahead to Ketcham, who out-ran a Bears defender and shot the ball past Spencer keeper McKenna Pfeiffer for the equalizer. 

Ketcham had a similar opportunity late in the first half but couldn’t get off a clean shot.

The second half featured near-misses for both squads.

Spencer County saw a shot hit off the crossbar in the fourth minute of the second half before Collins had a similar misfire later. With a little more than 17 minutes to play Pfeiffer knocked down but couldn’t corral Brittany Whitehead’s free kick, and Vogel launched a rebound that bounced hard off the crossbar.

Collins goalie Emily Hinkle helped preserve the tie in the final 10 minutes of regulation, when she made three saves.

The overtimes featured one scoring chance for each team, but neither could convert.

In the shootout the Bears made their first four tries, while the Titans went 1-for-3 (Whitehead hit Collins’ first attempt).

“It was a great season,” said Murphy, whose team outscored its opponents, 110-17, this season. “It’s a great bunch of girls, and they played with a lot of heart all season, and they played with a lot of heart in this game.

“I’m proud of them.”

 

Anderson 3, SCHS 0

The Bearcats (8-10-3) had defeated the Rockets Sept. 28 in a shootout following a scoreless regulation at the Shelby County Athletic Complex, but in the rematch Makenzie Cann’s first career hat trick ended a scoring drought for the Bearcats – who hadn’t had a regulation goal since Sept. 19 – and the season for Shelby (11-8-1).

Her first, less than two minutes into the match, gave Anderson County a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Cann, a 6-footer who also is a standout for the Bearcats girls’ basketball team, added her second goal with 8:06 to play in the first half. That’s when she took a pass in the goal box, kept Shelby County’s Callie Greiner (who is almost a foot shorter than Cann) behind her, turned, shot and scored. 

“It was like I was backing her down [in the post],” Cann said.

The Rockets’ best chance to score came with a little more than 3 minutes to play in the first half. That’s when Greiner, Shelby’s leading scorer who played defense during the match, launched a free kick into the goal box, but Anderson County keeper Alyssa Rogers was there for the save.

Cann, who entered the postseason leading Anderson in goals (10) and assists (six), tallied her final goal with 2:53 to play after getting loose in front of Shelby’s goal.

 

V: Spencer County 2, Collins 1

CHS goal: Lindsey Ketcham 1

CHS assist: Shelby Vogel 1

V: Anderson County 3, Shelby County 0