Oct. 24, 2012 — After last Wednesday’s shootout victory over Russell at Shuster Field in Morehead, the Lady Raiders geared up for another battle in the regional final.
Straight out of an old western flick, East Carter found itself once again needing a quick and accurate trigger finger, however this time they came up a bit short, falling to Ashland Blazer, 2-1, after a 4-3 defeat in a post-regulation shootout.
“I thought we had a pretty good shot to take the shootout,” said East Carter Head Coach Ben Fritz. “Ashland is a good team, and this was a great game between the region’s two best teams. We just came up a bit short today.”
Ashland Blazer decided to take a gamble by starting an inexperienced Katie Hornbuckle at the keeper position.
The no holds bar approach paid off for much of the game, until East Carter junior Taylor Burnett drove a free kick into and through the hands of the inexperienced Hornbuckle. Burnett’s kick allowed East to grab an early 1-0 lead at the 29th minute.
Grayson’s gals kept up the pressure for the remainder of the half, adding several more shot attempts before the break. East Carter outshot the Lady Cats 9-4 in the first 40 minutes.
In the second, Ashland turned on its defensive engine, led by persistence from Charity Collins, splitting time of possession essentially down the middle.
With East Carter still leading 1-1, things started to get interesting in the final five minutes of the game when Young decided to pull the trigger on a deep shot outside the box, only to see Starr Caldwell make a fingertip save at the 75th minute.
Ashland’s persistence was rewarded when a controversial foul was called inside the box, allowing Charity Collins an easy goal on a penalty kick to send the game into overtime.