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GIRLS SOCCER: Stars steamroll Owen Valley

 Kat Emery

Kat Emery

Emery’s four goals

lead BNL to 13-1 rout

Freshman Kat Emery scored four goals to pace Bedford North Lawrence to a 13-1 home blowout of Owen Valley on Saturday morning.

Bret Roberts, Allie Guthrie and Chloe Ward all added two goals each as the Stars, shut out by Bloomington North in their season opener on Monday, broke loose with an offensive assault.

“I think we were nervous after losing,” Emery said. “Today was a confidence boost to score some goals. After that first goal, they just kept coming. I think that helped us a lot.”

Roberts started the scoring less than four minutes into the game, and Emery added a second goal less than a minute later. That opened the floodgates as BNL roared to an 8-0 lead at intermission.

“We controlled the tempo and the ball,” BNL coach Ryan Roberts said. “We subbed the entire team midway through the half , and in the second half we focused on passing.”

The rest of the scoring came from Sidney Faubion, Madison Abel and goalie Jackie Dufresne, who got into the mix with a penalty kick following a goalie infraction against the Patriots.

BNL (1-1) will host HHC rival Floyd Central on Tuesday.

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GIRLS SOCCER: First goal eludes Stars in opener

BNL sophomore Rachael Benstin looks for an opening against Bloomington North in Monday afternoon's season opener. The Stars failed to solve North's defense as the Cougars posted a 4-0 triumph.

BNL sophomore Rachael Benstin looks for an opening against Bloomington North in Monday afternoon’s season opener. The Stars failed to solve North’s defense as the Cougars posted a 4-0 triumph.

North spoils BNL’s

2013 home debut

with 4-0 victory

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Revenge will have to wait another day.

Bedford North Lawrence, facing sectional nemesis Bloomington North in the 2013 season and home opener on Monday afternoon, had waited 10 months for another shot at the Cougars after North knocked them out of the tournament last season. That shot, and all the ones the Stars generated on offense, missed.

Video: BNL falls in season opener

North scored two goals in each half and turned aside BNL’s best scoring chances for a 4-0 triumph.

BNL senior Alli Guthrie dribbles away from North defenders during Monday's home opener.

BNL senior Alli Guthrie dribbles away from North defenders during Monday’s home opener.

The Cougars struck for the first goal in less than six minutes, and BNL never caught its collective breath after that.

“They probably had too much emotion,” BNL coach Ryan Roberts said. “This was a carry-over from the sectional game last year, they’ve been thinking about this since last October. And I was worried about that.”

North’s Alli Mallory did the initial scoring damage with 34:04 left in the first half, and Meghan Martin added a goal at 12:15 when the BNL backline failed to clear the ball out of danger in front of goalie Jackie Dufresne.

North’s Kylee Henderson scored twice in the second half. Her first, a perfectly placed free kick from 30 yards that cleared the defensive wall and sailed over Dufresne’s futile reach into the top of the net, was the clincher. Her second, with 1:54 left, only added to the BNL misery.

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GIRLS SOCCER: Speeding the ticket for Stars

Kaci Ikerd

Kaci Ikerd

Bret Roberts

Bret Roberts

BNL counting on

speed, athleticism

for success in 2013

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

Speed and youth usually combine to cause havoc, which is exactly what second-year Bedford North Lawrence coach Ryan Roberts is counting on.

The 2013 edition of the Stars will be younger and faster, similar to the rollout of a new cell phone. It’s a new toy to play with.

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Alli Guthrie

Alli Guthrie

Whitley Brock

Whitley Brock

“We have some fast players,” Roberts said. “As they get used to one another and start clicking, that speed will be a big factor for us. We’re a very young team, but much more athletic than we’ve been in the past.”

The Stars went 6-8-1 last season, with some last-minute losses swinging the record below the .500 mark. They lost a key component in All-HHC scorer Bailey Rosales, who rifled in 18 goals last season and set a school record with six in one game before departing for Eastern Illinois. Senior Bret Roberts, the team leader in assists and the second-leading scorer the last three seasons, will be asked to fill that huge hole.

“Bret has big shoes to fill,” Roberts said. “Any time you lose a Division I player, you’re going to have a gap out there. Hopefully she can go the next step. And I’m looking for seniors Kaci Ikerd and Alli Guthrie to step up and fill some voids.”

“Obviously Bailey scored most of the goals last year, so I’ll have to make up for that,” Bret Roberts said. “ They’re relying on me to control things in the center and contribute. I think it’ll be good once we get in the flow of things.”

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