• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ soccer team goes 1-1-1 for the week

CAILTYN BURDINE, surrounded by defenders, jumped around one of them to try and get to the ball during the Woodford County High School girls’ soccer game against Henry Clay at home on Wednesday, Sept. 14. While the Lady Jackets played hard throughout the game, the Lady Blue Devils were one step ahead of them and got the win, 2-0. (Photo by Rick Capone)

The Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team had an up-and-down time over the last week. To start, the team scored a 10-0 mercy-rule road win over district-rival Frankfort on Saturday, Sept. 10. Then they followed that up with a tough 2-0 home loss to Henry Clay on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and then tied Scott County 1-1 at home on Monday, Sept. 19. With those games complete, Woodford is now 5-2-2 overall, 3-2-1 in the region and 2-0 in district play. In their win over Frankfort, a number of Lady Jackets scored goals in the game. Junior Makayla Devore and freshman Mackenzie Tucker had two goals each, while seniors Caitlyn Burdine and Emma Sandman, junior Lauren Rankin, and freshmen Carter Hays, Shelbi Morrison and Emma Oberlander, had one goal each. “Frankfort is very low on players this season,” said Woodford head coach Brad Turpin Jr. “Coach Daniel Rogers is a great guy and never stops coaching them. “We brought all 30 high school age players, varsity and junior varsity, and we were able to get all 30 players some time during the game. We were very unselfish as a team that game; making the extra pass, looking for teammates, etc. This type of unselfish play is what we needed to see this game.” In the game against Henry Clay, the Lady Blue Devils scored the first goal at 17:04 in the first half, and then added a second goal in the second half to seal the victory. Both goals were by Ashley Chindo. “Henry Clay could very well be the top team in Lexington at the moment,” said Turpin. “Coach Mebit Argaw has them playing exactly the way he wants them to play; it’s refreshing to see players responding like that to a coach. Chindo is a tough player to deal with; she’s super quick and can finish. She got away from us twice and finished them both. “We have two of the best center backs in the state in Camryn Pictor and Makaya Devore; they are the key reason we are tied in the region on least goals allowed (six) for the season. They keep our defense in line; they shape, read and move off of each other, and lead by example. Pictor and Devore compliment each other well: Pictor is very technical and tactical in her thinking, and Devore is aggressive and physical. Both have an unmatched passion to win. “I have a feeling we’ll see Henry Clay again at the Region Tournament and am looking forward to it.” Then in Woodford’s 1-1 tie with Scott County, Morrison scored a goal in the first half to give the Lady Jackets a 1-0 lead. But, in the second half, Scott County scored to tie it 1-1, which is how the game ended. “Scott County is well coached by Dr. Jim Tussey, former Woodford County High School Girls’ Soccer coach,” said Turpin. “He took the Woodford girls to the state semifinals and state finals several years ago. “Once again, Burdine connected with Morrison in the first half to get our goal. When Morrison and Burdine are on the same page in regards to runs off the ball, they are great combo. “Scott County was very organized and play quickly. We again had several chances and didn’t capitalize. Jasmine Giddings, another quick, strong forward, (similar to Chindo from Henry Clay) got behind us and finished one in the second half to tie the game. (Woodford senior goalkeeper) Lelia Graf went down with an ankle injury in the first half. Junior Kristen Jordan came in to replace Lelia and made a great one-vs-one save in the first half. Kristen did a good job of getting on the ground and smothering the ball away from our goal. Lelia’s in a boot right now, but we expect her back very soon. “It was a pretty rough game; lots of hard tackles, nothing illegal, just a hard fought game. We came out of it with some minor bangs and bruises, but nothing major.” Next up, Woodford is on the road for two games. On Saturday, Sept. 24, they play Johnson Central at Rowan County at 3 p.m., and onWednesday, Sept. 28, they play Madison Central in Richmond at 7:30 p.m.

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