October 5th, 2020

Confident Rockets soar behind Givens, McRae

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer

Confident Rockets soar behind Givens, McRae
Assumption midfielder Josie McRae scored a pair of goals in Assumptions win over Bethlehem (photo by Eric Thorne)

Josie McRae and Riley Givens each scored a pair of goals and the young Assumption soccer team’s confidence is growing in the final week of the regular season as they dispatched Bethlehem 8-1 Monday at Assumption Green.

For each it was their third goal of the Covid-19 shortened season and Payton Seymour, Madelynn Sutherland, Callie Segelon and Emma Farnsworth each tallied a goal.

Rockets coach Tammy Hailey said the flurry of goals by six different plays was a much-needed confidence booster.

Its been three years since Assumption and Banshees had met and that meant facing another unknown.

“We’ve played a couple of teams we have never seen before just to gets some games scheduled,” Hailey said. “Games like this just means you have to get your team ready for anything and anybody so honestly it’s not a bad thing.”

While earning a 2-0 decision to one of Kentucky’s top ranked teams Lexington Catholic on Saturday the Rockets found they can compete with the best.

“To beat Lexington Catholic and then to put up eight goals tonight just shows we are gelling at the right time,” Hailey said. “Josie and Riley have been right at the cusp all season long to score, but for each to get two goals was nice to see and hopefully get on a roll here and get more.”

Givens, a junior, got her team on the scoreboard first as she took a deflection off goalkeeper Bella Russell and poked in past her with 27:24 left in the half.

McRea, a freshman midfielder, used some slick juking footwork and curled a high arcing shot that found the top right of the goal just 1:24 later.

“It was really exciting for me to get two goals tonight and to be able to play on varsity as a freshman has been really awesome,” McRae said. “It’s a little disappointing to not have a full season, but at least we are getting to play.”

The Rockets (7-3-1) continued to pepper Russell all night with shots from every angle and distance.

Givens netted her second goal halfway through the opening half finding herself square in front of Russell and sent a shot low and into the back of the net.

“That was exciting for me to get two goals tonight because this season has been a struggle for me this year with finishing,” Bivens said.

The attack continued in the second half as Bethlehem was forced to play defense most of time again.

Junior striker Payton Seymour notched her team-leading seventh goal of the year 7:52 into the half and then slid an assist to McRae 55 seconds later for a 5-0 advantage. Just three minutes later Sutherland floated a goal just over the outstretched reach of Russell.

“This is a definite boost for me and the team because with a bunch of games last week and one we didn’t compete the way we should have and lost we rebounded Saturday and again tonight showing up as a team and winning by a lot,” Bivens said.

Bethlehem (9-3) had very few shot on goal at both Paige Hagan and Sarah Glenn until Carlie Thurmond got one by Glenn with just 4:25 remaining.

Farnsworth, one of the four seniors, drew huge cheers when she netted the Rockets final goal with 3:49 left.

“This group has really blended well especially with the freshman, sophomores and juniors that have come up to varsity competed really well and has helped us on the field,” Bivens said. “I know how hard it is to step up to varsity, but we just got really close with all of them during water breaks and now that helps knowing them both as a player and a person.”

The Rockets and South Oldham (7-2) will both close out their regular seasons on Thursday when they square off at Assumption Green in a 7:30 pm start.  



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