Crittenden Powers Past Lyon Into District Championship

Crittenden County’s historic girls’ soccer season will continue for at least another week.

The Lady Rockets scored the first five goals of the match and handed Lyon County a 6-1 loss Monday in the 5th District semifinals at Trigg County.

Crittenden County added to its school-record win total, which now stands at 11. They will be playing for its first district title in seven years Tuesday against top-seed Trigg County.

Crittenden’s defense, which allowed just two goals in two wins over Lyon in the regular season, was again stingy Monday. The Lady Lyons had trouble advancing the ball through midfield and didn’t register its first shot on goal until 32 minutes into the contest.

The defensive unit of Lyli Wesmolan, Emilee Russellburg, Kodi Stoner, Raven Hayes, Mollie Blazina, and Ashayla McDowell limited Lyon to three shots in the first half and helped goalie Hannah Long face just two shots in goal.

Crittenden took advantage of Lyon’s inability to cleanly clear a missed shot, and Elizabeth Campbell pounced on the ball, sending it into the net for her 24th goal of the season in the 13th minute.

Taylor Guess would score her 21st goal of the year six minutes later when her shot was stopped by Lyon goalie Maddie Russell, but the ball trickled across the line for a 2-0 Lady Rocket lead.

With three minutes left in the first half, Lyon mistakenly cleared the ball to the center at the top of the box and Crittenden’s Ella Geary made them pay with her 17th goal of the season.  It gave Crittenden a 3-0 halftime lead and was the first of three straight goals for the Lady Rocket freshman.

Geary scored two goals in a three-minute stretch of the second half to salt the match away. The first came from a pass from Campbell and the second saw her redirect a carom off the post on a shot by Guess and into the net in the 46th minute.

Lyon got on the board in the 65th minute when Alice Smith’s direct kick from out front hit off the post where Olivia Adams knocked it in for her fourth goal of the season.

Crittenden finished the scoring two minutes later when Bailey Williams redirected a corner kick for her sixth goal of the season.

Crittenden outshot Lyon 23-11, including an 11-3 advantage in the first half.

Russell made nine saves in her final game in a Lady Lyon uniform. Hannah Long had six saves for the Lady Rockets.

Lyon County’s season ends with a record of 8-12 as they fail to advance to the region tournament for the first time since 2015.

With its first three-game winning streak over Lyon County since 2016 now in the rearview mirror, Crittenden County will play Trigg County in Tuesday’s championship at 5:30 pm. Both teams will advance to next week’s region tournament at the Stadium of Champions.

 

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