PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: TNHS honors fallen teammate

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By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of the tragic automobile accident that claimed the life of beloved Thomas Nelson senior soccer player Taylor Martin, but the Generals soccer team is making sure she won’t soon be forgotten.


Monday was the second annual Taylor Martin Memorial Game pitting the Generals against rival Nelson County, and a big crowd turned out to celebrate the memory of Martin with moments of silence and a balloon release.

The idea to host the annual game and support a college scholarship fund in Martin’s name came from former Thomas Nelson and current Eastern Kentucky University player Claire Hicks. All proceeds from the game go toward the Taylor Martin Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which funds an annual $1,000 scholarship for an outstanding TNHS senior female. Last year’s recipients were Laken Culver and Michaela Johnson.

Those attending the game got to see a thriller, with the Cardinals claiming a two-goal lead before 10 minutes even ticked off the clock. The Generals were able to rally back and force overtime, but Nelson County prevailed in the shootout when keeper Savannah Jackson stopped three shots.

Caroline Boone and Sammi Howard had two goals apiece for Thomas Nelson, with assists coming from Julia Rogers and Amelia Watkins. Nelson County’s Haley Evoy netted two goals, and Jenna Head and Kaleigh Hamilton had one apiece. Assists went to Ella Thompson, Trista Moran and Kate Hayden.

Nelson County improved to 3-5-2 with the win and picked up its first district win to go to 1-2 and take over third place in the district standings. The Cardinals host Spencer County on Thursday.

Thomas Nelson fell to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in district matches. The Generals host North Oldham on Thursday.


BOYS’ SOCCER: Generals top Eagles in shootout

The first time Thomas Nelson and Bethlehem played this year, the Generals needed double overtime to finally put away the Eagles.

On Monday, it took even longer, as Thomas Nelson prevailed in the second round of a shootout to turn back Bethlehem, who had rallied to force overtime despite playing a man down for the final 20 minutes of the match.

Bethlehem senior Jonah Stiles fed Daulton Harrison for a goal with 10 minutes to play in regulation to tie the match at 2-2. It was Harrison’s second goal of the game, as he took an assist from Camden Miracle in the 8th minute to put the Eagles on top, 1-0.

Thomas Nelson’s goals came from Ethan Lamar and Aron Bennett, and Lamar and Donovan Roswell each had assists. Each team netted three goals in the first round of the shootout, and hit their first in the second round, but Colby Stiles got a save on Bethlehem’s seventh shot following a make by the Generals’ Grant Amshoff to end the match.

Bethlehem falls to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in district matches, with all four games being decided by one goal, and three of the four going into overtime. The Eagles visit Marion County Thursday.

Thomas Nelson (2-7) stopped a six-match losing streak with the victory, and the Generals were back in action Tuesday after press time against Nelson County. The Generals visit North Hardin on Thursday.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Male Bulldog Cup

Bethlehem extended its unbeaten streak to six matches with Monday’s 3-0 win over Eastern in the first round of the Male Bulldog Cup. The Banshees will face host Male tonight.

Abigail Proctor had a goal and assisted on goals by Madie Sparks and Baeli Young to account for the scoring. Sydney Greenwell had the other assist. The Banshees are 6-1-1 on the season.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Bardstown 3, Bullitt East 2

Haylee Koger, Macy Rawlins and Molly Bodkin each scored and Emma Livingston and MaTija Yocum added assists as Bardstown won for the seventh time in the past eight matches to improved to 7-3 on the season.

The Tigers host Elizabethtown tonight.


BOYS’ SOCCER: Bardstown 7, Bullitt Central 1

Luis Sosa had a monster game Saturday with five goals and Thomas Sidebottom dealt out three assists as the Tigers improved to 6-3-1 on the season.

Bardstown visited John Hardin after press time Tuesday, and is back in action Thursday at Central Hardin.


BOYS’ SOCCER: Elizabethtown 9, Nelson Co. 1

Lucas Bendock got the Cardinals’ lone goal off a Garrett West assist as Nelson County fell to 5-3-1 on the season.

The Cardinals were at Thomas Nelson after press time Tuesday, and will host the Generals next Tuesday.


BOYS’ GOLF: Tigers top Eagles, Bears

Caleb Noble shot a 37 and Will Koger came in with a 38 to lead Bardstown to a win over Spencer County and Bethlehem Monday at OKH. The Tigers tallied a 163, with all four golfers shooting 45 or below. Jacob Taylor’s 44 was low round for Bethlehem, who was third with a 196. Spencer County shot a 172.