Take away the first four minutes of the second half and Western Hills’ girls soccer team was right with Madison Central.
Adding those four minutes meant a 4-1 victory for the Lady Indians Saturday at Sower Soccer Complex.
“They’re ranked 14th in the state right now,” WHHS senior Carson Cline said about Madison Central.
“I thought our defense stepped up and played hard. We’re taking the lessons we’ve learned and getting better. Lexie (Richardson) has been playing great.”
Madison Central (10-1-1) scored the game’s first goal early on a shot by Bailey Harden.
The Lady Indians went ahead 2-0 when Taylor Sterling kicked the ball off her heel and into the net with 13:26 left in the first half.
With three minutes remaining WHHS’ Maria Conway scored, making the score 2-1 at halftime.
Madison Central wasted little time in the second half, with Haleigh Cable converting a short kick into a goal and a 3-1 lead with 37:06 remaining.
Just a minute later Maryssa Stewart chipped the ball over the head of Western Hills keeper MacKenzie Jones for the final goal of the game.
The loss was the second in a row for the Lady Wolverines, but Cline said the scores are deceptive.
“I don’t think the scores show how well we’ve played,” she said. “We’re playing good teams, and hopefully they’ll help us when districts begin and help us make the region for the first time in I don’t know how long.”
Mayce Dennis was in goal for Madison Central. Courtney Smith started in goal for WHHS and played the first half, and Jones was in goal the second half.
Western Hills plays its next match Monday at Anderson County.