New Albany controlled possession and was the aggressor early and often Thursday night in a 3-0 win over rival Jeffersonville on the Bulldogs’ senior night at Prosser.
Coach Tim Quakenbush’s side, now 8-4 on the season and 4-2 in Hoosier Hills Conference play, tallied 26 shots – 15 on goal – and got six saves from junior Hanna Pinuelas en route to the comfortable win. Jeffersonville turned in a strong defensive effort but fired just six shots on goal. Junior keeper Faith Denig had 12 saves for the Red Devils (2-9-1).
The Bulldogs have now won two straight contests after back-to-back losses to Floyd Central and Columbus East.
“We got exactly what we wanted out of that game,” Quakenbush said. “We were pretty banged up after the Floyd Central game, really going all the way back to Silver Creek. There are some things – the way we played against Floyd Central, we knew that we can’t play that way come sectional. … With that said, we did exactly what we wanted to do tonight. Did well in the attack. Possessed the ball, and in transition we got back on defense.”
New Albany forward Emma Ivey opened scoring for the Bulldogs in the eighth minute. All by herself near the top of the box, the sophomore landed a strike over the head of Denig to give the Bulldogs their early advantage.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for New Albany, though, as midfielder Katarina Walker took a goal kick to the face and exited the game with 17:40 remaining in the first half. The junior, who’s tallied 19 goals on the season – good for a share of 17th in state rankings – did not return. Quakenbush said the team played it safe with its star, who was already nursing a head injury from last week’s Columbus East contest.
“We don’t mess around with stuff like that,” Quakenbush said. “Whatever the trainer tells me, that’s what I do.”
The Bulldogs didn’t miss a beat with Walker out, holding the Red Devils to just one shot attempt in the first half. New Albany freshman forward Bella Christ then extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 2-0 in the 50th minute off an assist from sophomore midfielder Laney Thompson.
“The team played great. That’s what I expect from this group,” Quakenbush said. “This group’s been playing together for a long time. Kat is a very integral part for us, but we’ve definitely got other players.”
New Albany controlled possession throughout the second half, with the exception of back-to-back Jeffersonville corners and a handful of free kicks. The aggressive Bulldogs totaled 13 penalties while Jeffersonville recorded just two.
Midfielder Logan Barber then sealed the final score with just over five minutes left, as she dribbled through the Jeffersonville defense and was tripped just inside the box. The sophomore calmly netted the penalty kick for her 11th goal on the season to go along with 10 assists.
The Bulldogs move on to a home meeting with Bullitt East (Ky.) Saturday at 1 p.m., while Jeffersonville travels to Floyd Central (9-2-1, 3-0-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Jeffersonville: 0 – 0 – 0
New Albany: 1 – 2 – 3
N – Emma Ivey (unassisted), 8’
N – Bella Christ (Laney Thompson assist), 50’
N – Logan Barber (PK), 74’