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Senior midfielder Madelyn Roark scored on a free kick with 25:52 left in the game to tie it at 2-2, but Floyd Central used a penalty kick by Katie Yankey moments later to put the Highlanders on top, and that goal stood up as Floyd Central edged Seymour 3-2 in the semifinal of the Class 3A Floyd Central Sectional on Thursday night.
Both teams took advantage of scoring opportunities in the first half, with Floyd Central getting the best of it.
The Highlanders got off to a hot start as Yankey slipped a shot past Seymour sophomore goalkeeper Aidan Hiester for a 1-0 lead just 90 seconds into the 40-minute first half.
Floyd Central’s momentum was short-lived.
Owls midfielder Bailey Lykins got behind the Highlanders’ defense, dribbled down the middle of the field and pushed a shot past senior goalkeeper Reagan O’Farrell.
At the 35:01 mark it was tied 1-1.
Seymour looked to take the lead with 29 minutes remaining when Roark had a free kick just outside the penalty box. Roark’s shot rocketed off the side post before Floyd Central answered.
The Highlanders had a corner kick that Yankey used as an opportunity to dribble along the side of the penalty box. She got close, then hit a cross to the front of the goal was that tapped in by senior forward Erin O’Farrell at the 25:21 mark.
Floyd Central led 2-1 for the rest of the half and had its chances to build on the lead, but the Seymour back line held fast and the Owls trailed by one at the break.