THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
HAZARD Russell thoroughly dominated its Semi-State 8 girls soccer matchup on Tuesday night.
The Lady Devils punched out Perry County Central early, 10-0, after Abby Keeton’s 10th goal in the 63rd minute concluded a mercy-rule win.
“I just thought it was a total victory,” said Lady Devils coach John Perry. “We played well from top to bottom, from back to front.”
Russell will play in the Elite Eight for the second straight year and for the fourth time in five seasons.
Taylor Stamper tallied four goals, including two in the first 25 minutes.
“She probably could have had at least six or seven goals,” Perry said. “She capitalized on a lot of balls played in the middle to her.”
Georgia Arrington and Callen Johnson each added a pair of scores. Johnson scored the game’s first goal.
Kylie Busick and Keeton accounted for the other two. Keeton also had an assist, as did Kynidee Allen.
Russell led, 3-0, at halftime before its 23-minute scoring barrage.
“We really found a groove there in the second half, really started playing well,” Perry said. “Their defense was really giving up the middle to us. We decided at halftime to work the ball on the outside lane and then work the ball inside. Once that started clicking, we really started capitalizing.”
Perry County (13-11-1) won the 14th Region. That’s all the Lady Devils needed to know, Perry said, entering the matchup.
“I told the girls, ‘It doesn’t matter that we don’t know anything about this team. All we need to know is they won their region and that’s our next opponent. Now, let’s go down to Hazard and handle our business,’” Perry said. “That’s exactly what they did.”
The Lady Devils (10-9) will take on Daviess County (19-5) on Saturday in Lexington. Daviess beat Marshall County, 2-1, in overtime in the Semi-State 1 matchup.