Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High girls soccer player Catherine Kemp was recognized during senior-night activities last Thursday evening. Kemp is pictured along with her parents, Karen Kemp (at left) and Kenny Kemp (at right).

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High girls soccer player Catherine Kemp was recognized during senior-night activities last Thursday evening. Kemp is pictured along with her parents, Karen Kemp (at left) and Kenny Kemp (at right).

The soccer careers of the Macon County High girls soccer program's seniors have gone by too fast for their taste.

Shots went into the goal really fast last Thursday night too as the Tigerettes rolled out to a 5-0 lead on their way to a 9-2 victory over visiting Greenbrier.

"I can't believe it," Macon County senior midfielder Catherine Kemp said. "It's gone by so fast. It's like a blur to me.

"I'm going to miss the whole team. We all get along good. It's been a good year so far."

Kemp was one of five players to score goals in Thursday's rout.

"We came out and took care of business," Tigerette head coach Terrance Pryor said. "Wedid what we're supposed to do. We came out and settled in."

Kemp added, "It's a great feeling for all of us, especially on our home field."

Macon County junior Jamie Ashburn scored four goals for the second time in nine days, with the first one finding the net in the second minute of play.

Then, Kemp's cross from the right side of the field was headed into the net by Jamie Ashburn at the 31:38 mark.

Just 65 seconds later, junior Keeley Carter gained control of classmate Sadie Morgan's throw-in, dribbled through the Greenbrier defense and placed an unmarked shot into the left side of the goal.

Keeley Carter played a diagonal ball into the box that sophomore teammate Emily Ashburn ran on to. Emily Ashburn's shot ricocheted off of freshman goalkeeper Ava Pierce's hands and into the left side of the net.

Then, Jamie Ashburn's unassisted goal came just 27 seconds later, creating a five-goal margin.

"We don't have to rely on athleticism," Pryor said. "We can knock the ball around and make some things happen.

"I'm proud of the way we played."

In the 31st minute, a foul in the box awarded the Lady Bobcats a penalty kick, and junior Morgan Shelton placed the ensuing opportunity into the upper, left corner of the goal.

With 1:07 remaining in the first half, Tigerette junior KeLeigh Wilkerson played a ball from the left side of the field into the middle of the box. Keeley Carter touched the ball down and fired a shot into the right corner to create a 6-1 lead at halftime.

Less than four minutes into the second half, Keeley Carter's shot ricocheted off of Pierce's hands, and Jamie Ashburn was there to deposit the rebound into an empty net.

Kemp struck in the 46th minute by placing a diagonal shot from the right side of the box into the left corner of the net.

Junior Morgan Carter accounted for the final Macon County goal by bending a corner kick into the left side of the goal for a 9-1 lead.

In the 79th minute, Greenbrier senior Marlene Galvan's shot hit off of the right post before richocheting into the goal.

The Tigerettes improved to 4-3 overall and to 1-1 in District 9-AA.

• Macon County opened district play on Sept. 4, suffering a 4-3 loss at Beech.

The Tigerettes battled back to tie the match at 3 after the Lady Buccaneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

"We told them they were proud of how they battled," Pryor said. "From a possession standpoint, Beech dominated possession, but we battled. We never quit. We never gave up. We were proud of that. I'm proud of the determination of our girls. It shows us what we need to get better at."

Macon County battled back to tie the match at 2 by halftime.

"It bothered us at first, but we just keep moving on," Kemp said. "Our losses might get to us at first, but a win like this (on Thursday) keeps us motivated and keeps us going."

Then, it was tied again at 3 before Beech scored the game-winning goal.

Kemp scored two goals, and Jamie Ashburn accounted for the other conversion.

"It shows us where we fall in the district right now," Pryor said. "We have a little ways to go, but with the proper training and determination, we can go compete."

Kemp added, "We just have to stay focused. We can't let anything get to us. We just have to stay confident in ourselves and give our all in practice too. We do that. We give it our best. We do have our losses, but when we do, we talk about it, pick ourselves up and keep going."