Thursday NKY sports round-up: Rebound goals propel Cooper boys soccer to road win

G. Michael Graham
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In a well-played non-region match-up, the team that cleared balls better left victorious.

The Cooper Jaguars (1-0 overall) saw freshman Maddox Pemberton score two goals on rebounds helping the senior-laden Jaguars to a 4-1 win against the Simon Kenton Pioneers (0-2) to open their season at Chlorine Menefee Stadium. Cooper pulled away after leading 1-0 at halftime.

“We came out a little bit slow with our intensity,” said Doug Flesch, Cooper head coach. “But we picked it up. It was a good way to start the season.”

Cooper originally had Great Crossing on the schedule to start the season Tuesday but the game moved to Oct. 1 with the bad weather forecast earlier this week.

The Jaguars outshot the Pioneers, 17-13 including 12-10 in shots on goal. Cooper saw senior goalkeeper Keegan Truebner make four saves in the first half and senior goalkeeper Mason Pemberton make five in the second half. Simon Kenton freshman goalkeeper Miles Mullen made nine saves.

The only goal of the first half came with 15:27 remaining. Cooper senior Nick Volz fired off a shot that Mullen blocked. But Maddox Pemberton put in the rebound.

“We always work on returning to the ball after we shoot it,” Volz said. “It worked well. I shot it off the keeper and Maddox followed it. I think everyone on the team is skilled. As long as we work well and get the chemistry together, I definitely think we can make a run.”

Maddox Pemberton added a second goal with 37:37 left in the game to put the Jaguars up 2-0. That came more than a minute after Simon Kenton sent a header in the box over the crossbar.

Cooper had eight fouls to four giving Simon Kenton more free kicks. But the Jagaurs executed on one of them when senior defender Cameron Wilson scored from the right side with 16:26 left to put the Jaguars up 3-0. Volz added one on a shot from the center to give Cooper a 4-0 lead.

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“Defense is really important on free kicks,” Wilson said. “You always have to be ready. There’s always going to be a wide runner on either side. You have to mark opponents, mark zones. As long as you cover everything and you’re willing to go up for the ball, you should be fine.”

But the Pioneers did not leave without scoring their first goal of the young season. Senior forward CJ Neidenbach scored on a rebound off a junior forward Dominick Dornbusch shot with 4:24 left in the game to make the final score.

“It’s always nice to score,” said Jeremy Wolfe, Simon Kenton Head Coach. “I thought we played well. I think Cooper took advantage of the opportunities they got and we didn’t. I thought it was an evenly-played game.”

Both teams play again Saturday. Cooper plays host to Bishop Brossart (0-1) at 7:45 p.m. and Simon Kenton plays host to Oldham County (0-0-2) at 7:30 p.m.

St. Henry 3, Conner 2

The Crusaders (1-0) played the first game on their new turf recording the 9th Region win over the Cougars (0-1).

Senior Matt Resing scored twice for the Crusaders and senior Kyle Ziegelmeyer added the third goal. Junior forward Mason Arevalo scored for Conner and the Crusaders had an own goal.

Conner travels to Beechwood (2-0) on Saturday for an 11:30 a.m. game. St. Henry travels to Highlands (1-0) for a 7:30 p.m. game Tuesday.

Newport Central Catholic 6, Walton-Verona 2

The Thoroughbreds (2-0) downed the host Bearcats (0-1-1) in another win over a 37th District opponent.

Junior midfielder Ryan Desmond and Brady Diedenhofer scored two goals each for the Thoroughbreds. Junior midfielders Owen Roeder and George Simons had the other two goals. Senior Arif Ceylan scored a goal for the Bearcats and junior Trace Padgett added one on a penalty kick.

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NewCath travels to George Rogers Clark (1-0) on Saturday for a Noon game.

Beechwood 5, Boone County 0

The Tigers (2-0) won the 9th Region battle on the road against the Rebels (1-1).

Senior Jared Aguilar had two goals and an assist for five points for Beechwood. Freshman Cole Bishop had one goal and one assist for three points. Senior Nathaniel Roberts and sophomore Breaden Trejo had one goal each with sophomore Reece Bell tallying an assist.

Boone County did get off some shots. But Beechwood freshman goalkeeper Warner Platt had eight saves.

Beechwood plays host to Conner (0-1) on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Boone County plays host to Pendleton County (0-1) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Highlands 6, Bishop Brossart 1

The Bluebirds (1-0) opened the season with a convincing win over the host Mustangs (0-1) at the Mustang Athletic Complex.

Senior Caden Schroeder had two goals to lead the way for the Bluebirds with seniors Colin Pieper, Dash Macke, Peyton Helminiak and Jack Lavin scoring one goal. Lavin, seniors Thomas Kearns, Ashton Foley and Tyler Layman had one assist each.

Highlands travels to Ballard on Saturday at Noon. Bishop Brossart travels to Cooper (1-0) on Saturday for a 7:45 p.m. game.

Campbell County 11, Mason County 1

The Camels (1-0) earned the 10th Region win in convincing fashion.

Sophomore forward/midfielder Austin Bush and junior forward/midfielder Noah Rittinger scored three goals each for Campbell County with junior forward/midfielder Broc Sorgenfrei scoring two goals. Junior forward/midfielder Kaden Rose, junior forward Tate Glass and freshman defender/midfielder Carlos Marquez had the other goals.

Campbell County plays host to Holy Cross (1-0) on Saturday. Game time is 9:30 a.m.

Other Thursday NKY Boys Soccer Scores:

Paris 2, Villa Madonna 0

Holy Cross 5, Pendleton County 1

Grant County 2, Scott 0

Campbell County 11, Mason County 1

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Girls Soccer

Campbell County 3, Bardstown Bethlehem 1

The Camels (2-0) took down the defending Fayette County Spectacular champion Banshees (1-1) at Frederick Douglass to finish Group B action.

Senior forward Ruby Dunlevy scored twice for the Camels and freshman midfielder Ryan Weghorn scored the other goal. Sophomore forward/midfielder Jozie Holmes had two assists. Campbell County led 1-0 at halftime.

“We knew we had to watch the counter-attacks,” said Jeanelle Frimpong-Mansoh, Campbell County midfielder. “We knew we had to get back in transition. Overall, we were very glad to get the win over such a good team. I thought we all played and fought very hard until the end.”

“It was quite a challenge,” said Dave Morris, Campbell County head coach. “We talked before the game about finishing opportunities. We didn’t do that in our last game against Lafayette, which made it tight. It went to a shootout and really didn’t do it in our last preseason scrimmage.”

Campbell County advances to the semifinals against Dixie Heights (2-0) at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Henry Clay. The two turn face off again on Wednesday.

Conner 4, Scott County 1

The Lady Cougars (1-1) took down the Cardinals (0-2-1) to finish Group D action in the Fayette County Spectacular.

Conner outshot Scott County, 17-1 on goal. Sophomore Ally Welch made one saves for the Lady Cougars at goalkeeper. The only Scott County goal came on a Conner own goal.

Freshman midfielder Regan Burchert had her first two career varsity goals and an assist. Freshman forward/midfidler Sarah Meyer had her first career varsity goal and senior forward/midfielder Elaina Keller had the other goal. Junior midfielder Ella Mann had an assist.

Conner takes on either the loser of Friday’s Frederick Douglass-George Rogers Clark game on Saturday at 8 a.m. at Lafayette.

Other Thursday NKY Girls Soccer Scores:

Ludlow 10, Maysville St. Patrick 0

Boone County 10, Bellevue 0

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