Russell Dee-light



MOREHEAD Kynidee Allen didn’t notch her second three-goal game on Thursday.

Instead, Russell’s senior midfielder added four tallies at Rowan County — the only scoring the two-time defending 16th Region champion Lady Devils had in a 4-2 win at Paul Ousley Stadium.

Allen beat the Lady Vikings’ goalkeeper in the 34th, 39th, 74th and 80th minutes. Bowlers would call Allen’s quadruple a “four-bagger;” Allen said she hasn’t done it since rec ball.

“Six or seven years,” Allen said.

Evans plays part in both Rowan goals in 1st half

Russell coach John Perry could get used to seeing Allen have a night like Thursday’s.

“She can play like that routinely; I have every confidence that she can play that well every game,” said the coach.

Allen has heard the variety of ways her first name is mispronounced — “Kidney” and “Canada” are the two she remembers.

“I’m not really sure how to take it, honestly,” Allen said.

Speaking of taking, Rowan County’s (6-4) Audrey Evans beat Russell net-minder Mercedes Maupin on Promise Cross’ right-to-left pass. Evans’ assist in the 26th minute became Natalie Peyton’s goal.

Lady Vikings coach Alan Evans nevertheless called 2-nil the most dangerous lead in soccer “’cause you think you’ve done your work; you tend to get on your heels.”

“Two-zero against Russell is kind of an illusion,” Evans said. What Russell (6-2-1) did the rest of the night was no hallucination.

Allen and forward Taylor Stamper concocted what became a brilliant bit of strategy — move Allen from midfield to forward and send Stamper back; it made Perry look smarter than Leonardo Da Vinci with his 200 IQ.

“We encourage our players to make on-field switches like that if they see that they’re not feeling the position the way that we need them to,” Perry said.

Allen didn’t need any help for her first goal, and Stamper served her with a pass in the 39th minute. Her penultimate score was a solo shot to her lower left.

“I told myself, ‘Kynidee, it’s an open goal, it’s 1-v-1 here,’” Allen said of the first score. “You just get it in the goal; we just need to be on the board somehow.

Allen called the third goal “harder to get,” but not challenging enough because Stamper found her.

“She’s always able to find me on the field,” Allen said.

Junior Georgia Arrington’s pass from about 40 yards away found Allen surrounded by three Vikings. Didn’t matter — she dribbled left to right past the middle one and beat Maegan Gonzales for the last time.

“That pass was on all night,” Arrington said. “I just think the first half we didn’t connect it and we didn’t see it.”

There was one last pronouncement. Of course, Allen delivered it.

“We are the most resilient team I’ve ever been a part of,” Allen said. “No deficit ever stops us from playing hard.”

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