Girls Soccer Defeats Marlington in Battle of NBC Undefeated
Louisville 3, Marlington 1
The Louisville Leopards Girls Soccer Team defeated the visiting Marlington Dukes 3-1 Wednesday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improves to 6-1 overall and stays undefeated at 3-0 in NBC play.
The Leopards wasted no time in getting on the board first as they scored just 69 seconds into the game. Megan Chatelain took control of a pass from Hannah Baughman, split two Marlington defenders, and then beat the charging Dukes goalie for the score.
Marlington answered back less than three minutes later. Reilly Lutz broke free into the open field via a pass from Brooke Leonard. Lutz angled the ball into the left side of the net to knot the game at 1-1 with 36:03 left in the first half.
Louisville added two more goals before the half ended. Kayla Gibson popped a pass into the box. Chatelain and the Marlington goalie both went up for the ball and it grazed off of Chatelain. Maddie Berkebile stormed in from the right side of the goal to flush it home giving the Leopards the lead with 15:49 left in the first half. Chatelain was officially credited with the assist.
Just before halftime, Louisville’s Megan Hampe pushed ahead a pass into the center of the penalty box. Baughman gained control of it in traffic and booted it past the charging goalie into the right side of the goal. The score made it 3-1 Lady Leopards with 57 seconds left before the break.
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Both teams fought hard in the second half, but the score remained unchanged. Louisville Goalie Kenzie Brown made several saves in the final 40 minutes to keep Marlington at bay. The Leopards had a great defensive effort across the board in limiting the Dukes scoring opportunities. Louisville out-shot Marlington 23-10 for the game and limited the Dukes to no corner kicks during the contest.
With the victory, the Leopards have now defeated the Dukes in 5 straight meetings including the last 2 at Louisville. Thanks to early Marlington dominance, the Leopards still trail the all-time series 5-8-1 which includes a 2-4-1 record in games played at Louisville.
UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next host the Massillon Tigers on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM.
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