LLOYD – Brian Mc-Dowell regrets not playing soccer last year.
East Carter’s junior forward forsook soccer for football in 2016, and West Carter may have wished he was still wearing a helmet and shoulder pads Thursday.
McDowell’s four goals led the Raiders to their second straight 62nd District title with a 7-2 win at Greenup County High School.
“They played well,” East coach Chris Huddle said. “I thought the boys felt like they had something to prove.”
McDowell wasn't thinking about Thursday's quadruple, which gave him 25 goals for the season. Instead, he'd been contemplating Sept. 28, when the Comets beat the Raiders, 3-2, in Grayson.
“We owed 'em one,” McDowell said.
After East's Chase Burton's shot beat West goalkeeper Jody Ingles in the 11th minute, West tied things about a minute later when freshman Garrett Wolfe shot at East keeper Trevor Cline, who didn't contain the ball. Wolfe's rebound trickled over the goal line.
A bit of common soccer jargon — a through ball — was the thing East did best. McDowell's first goal in the 33rd minute came off one of Ethan Miller's three assists. McDowell converted from about 16 yards out.
After East's Doug Porter ended the first half scoring, McDowell connected in the 57th minute. West's Dawson Craig's goal a minute later made it 4-2.
McDowell's third goal, in the 60th minute, for a moment made you think he was navigating a curvy section of Ky. 2 because he swiveled, twisted, turned and beat Ingles from about 12 yards away. McDowell scored his fourth about six minutes later.
“Execution wasn't there,” West coach Nate Shelton said.
Burton's goal in the 73rd minute ended the scoring. Both East and West advance to next week's 16th Region tournament at East Carter Middle School.
East Carter 6, Greenup County 0
The Lady Raiders had a Hall-acious night. Junior forward Taylor Hall scored all six Lady Raider goals.
“I think I had seven once,” Hall said. “I try to move to open spaces, and my teammates usually find me with the ball.”
In fact, East coach Koty Buck said Hall scored seven times in Tuesday's 7-2 win over Russell.
East improved to 124-2, while Greenup County fell to 4-15. Both teams are in the 16th Region tournament next week at Russell.