Soccer Fillies win third straight 38th District crown 2-0 over Mason County

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By Mike Aldridge

Mike Aldridge,
Sports Writer

The Harrison County Fillies faced a tough, determined Mason County squad Wednesday in the finals of the 38th District tournament.  
Mason County featured nine seniors with speed and athleticism on its own field. The Fillies had struggled some with the Lady Royals earlier in the season in Cynthiana winning only 2-1.  
With the weather conditions of the previous week making for a choppy, rough field, the Fillies usual passing game seemed to be at a disadvantage. But the focused Fillies showed that the surface of the field would not deter them as they out played the home team to a 2-0 win and their third straight 38th District Championship.  
The game was controlled by the Fillies as they had nine shots on goal to one for Mason County and had six corner kicks to one for the Lady Royals.  
The Lady Royals did suffer a tough break as their best offensive weapon, senior Danielle Heflin, fell in one of the holes in the field and could not come back to play.  
The gutsy Heflin tried to come back twice but simply could not do it.
The Fillies scored with less than 11 minutes played as they scored from one of their corner kicks.
Taylor Ross played a ball into the box and fellow freshman Hailey Herrington kicked in over the line just past the Lady Royals’ goal keeper.  
The remainder of the half saw the Fillies have five more attempts to score without success.  
Mason County came out with extreme aggression for the early portion of the second half. But seven minutes into the half, the Fillies settled the match with their second goal.  
This goal came when Ross shot a bullet at the goal. It deflected off the keeper about 10 yards and Laurel McDaniel came up and placed the ball between the keeper and the crossbar for the score.  
The final 2-0 score was indicative of the play that the Fillies’ goal keepers and back line defense have been giving as of late.  
The back five of Laurel McDaniel, Charlie Moore, MaKinlee Kellione, Jordan McDaniel and Kendall Box along with the play of the goal keeper tandem of Elizabeth Allison and Olivia Partin have shutout three of the last five opponents.   
Harrison County’s win gives them a 9-4-3 record for the season while the loss makes Mason County 10-8.
The 10th Region tournament will be played at George Rogers Clark beginning Tuesday night.  The Fillies will play Thursday against the winner of the Campbell County/ Montgomery County match, which will be played Tuesday.  The Fillies will play at 6 p.m.