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Records fall as Ladywaves win eighth straight championship


Sports Reporter

 The Meade County High School Ladywave Soccer team began their run for their eighth District 11 Championship on Oct. 4, at Grayson County High School. They cruised to an easy victory against the Butler County Lady Bears by scoring 15 goals in the first half. The Championship game, on Oct. 5, matched Meade up against cross county rival Breckinridge County Lady Tigers, where it would take Meade a little longer than their first game but completed their task of winning their EIGHTH STRAIGHT District Championship by a score of 11-1.

 “We started slow tonight. We gave up a goal off a PK in the first 6 mins,” Head Coach David Craycroft said of the championship game. “That is never the start you want to give in any game, but it was a wake-up call for us. And after that, we went to work and played with more focus and purpose.”

 Not only did the team win the championship, but two players set MCHS All-Time season and career records. Senior Cyia Robertson now holds the Ladywave single season goals record (37) after passing Kendall Wingler’s previous record of 31. Roberts broke the record during game 1 after scoring a hat trick. Robertson also passed Abby Nelson for the MCHS All-Time career goal scorer. Nelson had set the record back in 2018 at 76, but Robertson has 84 career goals with the regional tournament still left to play. The other player to set a new MCHS record was junior Matti Clanton who passed Dori Emig for the MCHS single season assist leader. Emig previously set the record back in 2017 at 15. Clanton has 18 assists on the season making her the new leader. Clanton, who has 27 assists, could possibly also pass Emig (31) for the All-Time Career assist leader during the regional tournament.

 Meade did indeed get off to a slow start during the championship game, allowing Breck to get an early lead after scoring on a penalty kick. Breck got a break only nine minutes into the game, being awarded a penalty kick after a player got pulled down inside the box. Meade goalkeeper Kerstin Nevitt made a valiant effort to stop the kick, but it was outside the reach of her outstretched fingertips allowing Breck to score and take the early lead. After that goal though, Meade went straight to work on their attack. While the Lady Tigers were still feeling pretty good about their goal, freshmen Josey Corbin took the air out of their sails, tying the game with a goal of her own less than a minute after they scored. Robertson followed Corbin scoring on a free kick less than 30 seconds later to take the lead. After taking the lead, Meade never looked back, with five different players scoring on the Breck goalkeeper. Robertson and Corbin were the major contributors.

 “I am proud of our response and how the girls regained control of the game,” Craycroft said of the team’s response to the Breck goal. “Tonight’s win marks the 8th straight District Title for Ladywave Soccer. My friend and predecessor, Dan Shook, started this tremendous run, and I have been fortunate enough to continue it.”