The Harrison County Fillies advanced to the 10th Region tournament as champions of the 38th District for the first time in nine years.
On Saturday, they overcame an early Pendleton County goal to defeat the Lady Cats 3-1 in Maysville.
The tournament, hosted by St. Patrick’s, was a four-team affair with Mason County and the host team losing in the first round before the Fillies capped the tourney by winning on Saturday.
The Fillies first round match was Wednesday evening as they faced the Lady Royals of Mason County. This was barely a warm up as the Fillies scored early and often to take down the Lady Royals by an 8-nil score.
This was the season’s 10th shut out for goal keeper Chelsea Ingram.
In this match, three Fillies scored two goals as seniors Johnna Marshall and Randi Schweitzer along with freshman Amelia Bolin each hit the back of the net twice.
Juniors Taylor Fry and Marly Jenkins each added one goal to the team total during the blow-out win.
Sophomore Hannah Thomas had an assist as did Bolin, Fry and Marshall.
The loss finished the season at 5-10-1 for Mason County while Harrison County improved to 11-6-1.
Saturday afternoon the Fillies had a rematch with the Pendleton County Lady Cats.
The two teams had just met in regular season on Lebus Field Oct. 3 when the Fillies came away with a 1-nil defeat of the Lady Cats. Pendleton County brought an 8-11-1 record into the contest having bested St. Patrick 5-1 to qualify for the championship game.
The Fillies opened the match a little tight and perhaps a bit nervous, which led to the aggressive felines scoring the first goal with just a few minutes played in the contest.
But the Fillies tied the score soon after when Jenkins carried the ball from deep on the defensive side and crossed to Schweitzer and the diminutive senior buried it into the back of the net.
The two veterans used the experience of playing together as teammates for several seasons to their advantage to connect on this goal.
After battling with the physical Lady Cats on even terms for a few minutes, the Fillies scored again with about eight minutes to go in the half when the freshman spark plug Bolin slid one into the corner of the net.
This gave the Fillies a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half was another session of physical play and robust action as each team played in accordance to what was on the line.
Then with 10 minutes left in the contest, junior Haley Carr finished a cross that was sent by senior Marshall to give the Fillies the final 3-1 win.
“We were able to overcome their physical play and keep our heads on to possess the ball and take advantage of our opportunities,” Coach Kim Jenkins summarized. “This is our first district win since 2003 and it was a great one. One that I know the girls will not soon forget.”
Harrison County and Pendleton County will each advance to the 10th Region tourney beginning Monday at Scott High.
The Lady Cats (8-12-1) will face Montgomery County (7-11-0) while the Fillies will get to rest until Wednesday when they take on the winner of Monday’s match between George Rogers Clark (9-10-0) and Campbell County (12-8-2) at 6 p.m.