The Athletic Complex was the scene of Monday evening’s soccer regular season opener for the Mason County Lady Royals and the Harrison County Fillies.
It was a pleasant experience for the Fillies and not so much fun for the visiting Mason County squad as the Fillies rolled to an 8-1 victory.
The weekend was a tough one for the Fillies as they lost senior fullback Marly Jenkins on Friday with a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee, which ends her season before it started.
Then on Saturday, junior goal keeper Chelsea Ingram suffered a concussion in the scrimmage with Boyle County and she too was lost for the Mason County game.
So the Fillies opened the season with one of their best players gone for the season and their very good goal keeper sidelined indefinitely.
It was hardly an issue tonight however, as the Fillies scored early and often against the Lady Royals.
Harrison County’s Marie Bowen scored the first goal of the season with less than two minutes played to give the Fillies a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Hannah Thomas scored the first of her two goals off the first-of-two Taylor Fry assists making the score 2-0.
Five minutes later, the rout was on when Fry scored the first of her two goals making the score 3-0.
Both coaches were freely substituting, Mason County at a near record pace and Coach Kim Jenkins much more often than usual.
Mason County subbed 29 times in the first half looking for an answer to the Fillies’ scoring and again 26 times in the second half apparently hoping for the same answers.
The Fillies changed their line up 29 times for the game as Coach Jenkins now has to find the line up she can best use with daughter Marly on the sideline.
Sophomore Kayla Ford replaced Ingram for this game in goal and did an admirable job considering her lack of experience.
The substituting slowed the scoring down some as the Fillies only scored once more in the first half when Amelia Bolin scored the first of her two goals with 11 minutes still to play in the opening half. The first half ended with a 4-0 score.
It took nearly 10 minutes for the Fillies to score in the second half as the speedy Thomas took a pass from Fry and buried it deep into the net for a 5-0 score.
One minute later, Madelyn Judy drove one home and the crowd was sensing the possibility of a mercy rule game.
Fry scored her second goal with more than 25 minutes left in the game to make the score 7-0 leaving only three goals needed for the 10-goal advantage and the mercy rule.
That was to be nearly the end of the Fillies scoring as they scored only once more when Bolin connected with four minutes left for the eighth Fillies’ goal.
Abby Payne scored a goal for the Lady Royals with 20 minutes left so they trailed by 7-1 before the second Bolin goal posted the final 8-1 score.
“After a rough game Saturday with Boyle County, I was glad to see the girls come out and put this game away early,” said Coach Jenkins. “One never knows how a team will react to losing players who they were counting on, but I thought we reacted very well.”
The Fillies travel on Wednesday to Anderson County to play a Lady Bobcats team who Coach Jenkins compares to Boyle County.
“They play a really physical style and we are somewhat of a finesse team,” Jenkins said. “We will have to play well to beat them.”
The two teams played to a 0-0 match last season.
This will be Anderson County’s season opener. Harrison County returns home to play Russell on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Athletic Complex.