BROWN'S FIRST 2 VARSITY GOALS SPARK EC

 

East Central’s Taylor Whitehead (left) wrestles for position with a Franklin County opponent in Monday’s 3-0 season opening win by the Lady Trojans at Brookville. (Sandy Mahoney)

 

BROOKVILLE - East Central senior McKenzie Brown, who sat out her junior year with an injury that required knee surgery, made her first varsity soccer game a memorable one Monday night.

Brown scored two unassisted goals in rapid succession - at the 9:40 and 9:14 marks in the second half - to expand EC’s lead from 1-0 to set the 3-0 final score in a season-opening win at Franklin County.

Ranked No. 12 in last season’s final ISCA Class 3A state poll, Coach Bill Volker’s Lady Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the Wildcats at 10:56 in the first half.

Senior Maggie Ravenna put away a corner kick from classmate Jenna Ohmer that crossed in front of the FC goal.

East Central senior goalkeeper Jessica Shipman notched one first half save on what proved to be the Wildcats’ lone shot on goal of the night.

Freshman keeper Mary Brewington took over in the EC net in the second half to preserve the shutout victory.

Lady Trojans were charted for 32 shots Monday, including 15 on-frame, to Franklin County’s total of two shots.

Junior midfielder Lauren DeLong contributed a blocked shot defending the EC goal, while Trojan attackers Ema Hinton, Mackenzie Hogg, Abby Koch and Josie Mattlin all drew fouls from Wildcat defenders.

Franklin County’s goalkeeper was credited with 11 saves saves in the season opener.

In Monday’s junior varsity preliminary contest, East Central put up a 4-0 lead at halftime en route to a 9-0 shutout win at Brookville.

Anna Carbello led the Trojan reserves with three goals and an assist, while Ashlyn Blankenship scored three goals.

Lily Crouse added a pair of EC goals and assisted on another, while Jazlin Herbert scored once.

Sarah Dezarn registered four consecutive assists to start the second half for East Central, while Maya Heilmayer and Rachel Hill chipped in an assist each.

EC keepers Emily Morley and Olivia Orndorff split time in goal for the shutout. Lady Trojans logged 34 shots, 16 on goal, to none for Franklin County’s jayvees.

East Central girls soccer travels to Lawrenceburg for another Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference match tonight (Thursday).