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Garrard Lady Lions rally to eliminate Lady Patriots

LANCASTER -— The first round of the Girls 45th District Soccer Tournament Monday at Garrard County Middle School was going Lincoln County’s way in the first half as the Lady Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

However, things went the exact opposite in the final 40:02 as the host Lady Lions scored four unanswered goals to win 4-2 and eliminate Lincoln from postseason play.

Sophomore Bailey Story and freshman Payton Byrd scored Lincoln’s two goals, with Story tallying the opening goal with 24:46 to go in the first half. Story lofted the shot in above the outstretched hands of Garrard goalkeeper Vanessa Humes for the early 1-0 lead.

Story and Humes went one-on-one six minutes later after Garrard was whistled for a push in the goal box. Story took the penalty kick for the Lady Patriots but this time Humes would deny her, deflecting the shot back out of goal.

Byrd made it a 2-0 game with 10:18 showing. She took a pass from Story on the left side of goal and powered it in past Humes.

But there would be a big momentum shift just before the break.

Garrard’s Hannah Day, who scored a hat trick to lead the Lady Lions, punched in her first goal with just 2 ticks left on the clock in the first half to ignite the rally effort. Day was dribbling on goal as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the half when Lincoln goalkeeper Taylor Prewitt came out to challenge. As Prewitt slid in front of Day to stop her progress, the Lady Lion sophomore dribbled to her left and put in the shot behind Prewitt to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

Garrard (14-3) controlled the ball for most of the second half, but Lincoln (6-9-3) managed to maintain its lead until the 26:04 mark. That is when Marianna Cortes, a Garrard junior, connected with a shot from the left side of goal to knot the game at 2-all.

Fifty-seven seconds later, Day gave Garrard its first lead, 3-2, booting in a direct kick from 20-yards out. Then she scored again with 21:23 remaining for the 4-2 final.

Prewitt was credited with nine goalie saves for Lincoln. Humes had 13 goalie saves for Garrard.

Garrard took on Danville in the championship game Wednesday night. Danville advanced with a 1-0 win over Boyle County.