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Ally Whitaker had three goals and Terrill Webb added a goal and two assists to lead the Kenton girls soccer team to a 4-2 win over Indian Lake in its season-opener on Saturday night.
The Wildcats, who defeated Indian Lake for the fourth straight season, took a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the game when Whitaker netted a cross pass from Webb past Laker keeper Kylie Jenson.
Less than a minute later Webb made it 2-0 when she got free on the left side of the net and beat Jenkins after taking a pass from Jenna Moore.
Whitaker added another goal about 15 minutes later off a Webb assist to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead at the half.
Her final goal came unassisted early in the second half.
Indian Lake’s Josie Corwin and Hannah Dye scored late for the Lakers to make the score more respectable.
“We started really strong and that was something we pushed for today,” Kenton coach Mark Schwemer said. “In our scrimmages we started a little slow, but today we were able to start strong. We got a little comfortable once we built the lead and we let them take it to us a little too much (in the second half) and hold too much possession. But it was a good first game. … It always helps to start out the season with a win. But we’ve got a tougher test on Monday (against Van Buren).”
The Wildcat mentor said it was nice to see Whitaker and Webb get off to a good start.
“We’re going to see a lot of other players in good goal-scoring positions because teams are going to overload on Terrill (who had 27 goals as a junior). If we can get girls in good spots, Terrill’s good at crossing the ball as well, so if we can be in the right spot, and Ally always is, there’s going to be goal-scoring opportunities for them.”
The Wildcats outshot Indian Lake 20-16. Wildcat keeper Jessica Boone had 14 saves.
Kenton hosts Van Buren at 6 p.m. today.
By KENDRICK JESIONOWSKI
Times sports editor