On a cold, muddy Thursday night at The Den, Central soccer was unable to generate any offense as the Indians fell to Liberty North 2-0.
Central played solid defense in the first half as it held Liberty North scoreless and limited their shot attempts. Unfortunately for the Indians, they were unable to capitalize on their few offensive opportunities as they were also kept scoreless.
After halftime, Liberty North struck fast as it scored the first goal of the game in the 43rd minute. Central tried to answer back, but Liberty North did a good job of breaking up any offensive opportunities.
Central head coach Kristin Ebberts thought her team did a lot better job of creating chances, even though they were unable to score.
“We play a counter attacking style,” Ebberts said. “We’ve gotten a little better because we’ve played it so much. We are starting to create opportunities and play the balls better.”
The 2-0 loss was the same score as Central’s first encounter with Liberty North earlier this year. Although the scores were the same, Ebberts thought her team played much better this time around.
“I thought they played great,” Ebberts said. “Several girls had some of their best games out here tonight. We played them better this time here, than we did there. They scored both their goals in the first half there and we didn’t create any chances there, but here we got into it on the offensive side this time. We were so close.”
Central did have a scare late in the second half. Goalie Madison Parnell had to come out of the game after what appeared to be a head injury. After making a save in the box, she was escorted off by the trainer and her status is still in question.
Parnell has started every game at goalie for Central this season. With districts starting next week, Central may be without its starting goalie.
“She was a little dizzy,” Ebberts said. “[The trainer] wants to finalize it tomorrow and see if she’s okay. If not we have to throw a new goalie in for the first time in districts.”
Central plays Park Hill in the first round of districts on May 14.