• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Burdine lifts Lady Jackets to win in districts

To say Caitlyn Burdine was on her game against Frankfort in the opening round of the 41st District girls’ soccer tournament on Monday, Oct. 10, at Community Stadium, would be an understatement. The senior scored her first goal within the first minute of the game and ended the night with seven goals and one assist in the Lady Jackets’ 10-0 mercy rule win over the Lady Panthers. “Caitlyn Burdine had a will to win and showed it,” said Woodford head coach Brad Turpin Jr. “I hope she rubbed off on everyone else for the rest of the season.” Of course it wasn’t Burdine’s intent to score that many times, but when Woodford started the game a little slowly, things just happened to come her way and she was determined to help her team win. “I just wanted to win,” said Burdine. With the win, Woodford faces Franklin County on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in the district championship game. Franklin County advanced with a 2-1 win over Western Hills on Tuesday, Oct. 11. In Woodford’s game with Frankfort, Burdine gave Woodford an early 1-0 lead just 57 seconds into the game when she booted in a goal off a corner kick by freshman Mackenzie Tucker at 39:03. Woodford’s next goal came at 37:17 when Burdine got the ball, dribbled it down the right side of the field, cut towards the middle, faked out a defender to open up a lane, and then shot it into the net for the 2-0 Lady Jacket lead. Freshman Mackenzie Tucker gave Woodford its third score of the night. After getting the ball on a pass on the left side of the field, she moved towards the center of the field, then kicked it in from the top of the box for a 3-0 lead at 34:51. On the next score, Burdine picked up the ball near mid-field, drove down the center of the field and then kicked it in to complete a hat trick at20:38 and give Woodford a 4-0 lead. Tucker got an assist on the next goal at 19:37 when she sent in a nice cross that found freshman Shelbi Morrison wide open in the middle. Morrison took the shot and it got past the goal keeper for a 5-0 lead. Turpin then began to put in substitutes or the remainder of the half and the two teams went into the locker room with Woodford ahead 5-0. In the second half, the Woodford starters were back on the field once again and at 35:58, Burdine scored to give the Lady Jackets a 6-0 lead. Morrison got the next goal for Woodford at 35:25 off a pas from Burdine, which made it a 7-0 ball game. At 33:34, it was Burdine once again who got the ball, drove towards the net and scored an unassisted goal to give her team an 8-0 lead. The senior then scored the final two goals, the first at 28:11 and the final one at 25:12, which ended the game with Woodford winning by mercy rule, 10-0, and advancing to the 41st District championship game and will play Franklin County on Thursday at 6 p.m.While Burdine was able to score many of the goals for Woodford in its win over Frankfort, the senior cannot do it all alone. Other Lady Jackets will need to lift their game if the team hopes to win the district and go deep in the postseason.

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