Foster explodes for five goals in Bullitt East rout of Butler

Foster explodes for five goals in Bullitt East rout of Butler

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Foster explodes for five goals in Bullitt East rout of Butler

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Scoring goals is nothing new to versatile Bullitt East senior Christian Foster. Neither is playing for the Sixth Region tournament’s championship for her Lady Charger girls’ soccer teammates.

Foster had a hat trick by halftime Wednesday night at Mercy Academy’s Evans Park and tacked on two more goals in a five-minute span after the break as Bullitt East overwhelmed the Butler Bearettes, 7-1 in the tournament’s late semifinal.

Mercy (10-11-2), which edged North Bullitt in Wednesday’s early semi, hosts Bullitt East (16-8-1) for a berth in the state tournament at 6 p.m. Friday. It’s the fifth straight year the same two teams have played for the region title, with Mercy winning the previous four matchups.

“It will be a tough challenge Friday night, but this is where we want to be,” fourth-year Bullitt East coach Steven Gentry said.

Foster, who will play on the NCAA Division-I level for Eastern Kentucky and will take her official visit to the Richmond campus this weekend, now has 63 goals while playing in all 23 actual games — Bullitt East earned one victory via forfeit.

Foster began her barrage in the ninth minute off the first of two assists from freshman Emily Ezell. Following a goal from senior midfielder Grace Jackson with 25:49 left in the first half, Foster scored on a lofted through ball from freshman midfielder Chloe Holt in the 15th minute and notched her hat trick in the 37th minute to make it 5-0. Senior midfielder Brianna Poole’s fourth goal of the year extended Bullitt East’s lead to 4-0 in the opening 27 minutes.

Foster gave her feet a rest — she’s using them to kick for the football team Thursday in a district game at Oldham County before that oh-so-important other futbol game Friday — by scoring on a header less than 2 minutes into the second half. She put the wraps on her scoring spectacular with 34:46 left in the match.

Foster also assisted on both goals she did not score, but said her teammates are the ones who do the heavy lifting.

“We’ve been playing together for over four years now since we played junior varsity and middle school together,” Foster said. “Myself and the other girls, we have really gotten to know what each other is doing. So I know what runs to make and they know which lanes to play the ball through and they’re amazing about it. It’s like second nature to them now where they are playing the ball.”

Bullitt East beat Butler, 6-0 on Oct. 8 in both teams’ regular-season finale. However, Foster said the team treated the rematch as a brand-new affair.

“We came into this game not too confident,” Foster said. “We definitely knew what we could do, but we also knew that Butler was going to run at us. We knew we had to get our jobs done individually and as a team in order to get the outcome that we wanted to. Things were clicking tonight and they were finding passes to everybody tonight.”

The 22nd District champion Bearettes (10-6-0), who got a 77th-minute goal from sophomore midfielder Kaylee Banister with many Lady Chargers on the bench, finish the year 10-6. Fellow freshman Erielle Allen provided the assist.

Bullitt East now turns its attention once again to Mercy, which handed the Lady Chargers their worst loss of the year just last week in the 24th District final, 5-0.

“I can’t get past the Mercy jinx…and they’re our mountain,” said Gentry, who is 0-11 against Mercy since becoming Bullitt East’s coach in 2013. “I just hope we can climb it Friday night.”

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