North strikes late to stop Stars

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington North scored two late insurance goals to subdue Bedford North Lawrence 4-1 during girls high school soccer action on Monday afternoon.

The Cougars, nursing a 2-1 lead, got a rebound goal from Izzy Himebaugh with 10:25 remaining to create breathing space, then added a long-range shot from Kenna Haggerly with 11 seconds remaining.

“We were in it,” BNL coach D.J. West said. “We just have to generate more chances.

“Our defense (Alison Meyer, Claire Nordhoff, Vicki O’Connell, Marlit Carter and Aly Baer) did a much better job. Their goals were earned. We didn’t give up breakaways. We have to work on clearing the ball and connecting in midfield. We couldn’t get it forward so we were under a lot of pressure.”

North struck first when Lucy Martin directed home a shot after a free kick wasn’t cleared out of the box at 17:27 of the first half. The Cougars made it 2-0 when Ella Kidwell scored off a Lucy Clarke assist at 6:39.

The Stars (0-2) got their first goal of the season when Katherine West converted a penalty kick with 1:10 left in the half. BNL could not come up with the equalizer before North finally broke away.

”It’s getting to be a broken record,” West said. “We played so well in spurts, then for whatever reasson – tired or want-to – we can’t maintain for the whole 80 minutes. It’s game 2 and our numbers or low, we had a short turnaround from Saturday, but we have to fight through the tired to generate something.”

North outshot the Stars by a 13-5 margin.

BNL will return to action on Aug. 25 at Floyd Central.