• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Girls’ soccer wins 3-0 in scrimmage

MACKENZIE TUCKER moves past a Model defender in scrimmage play. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets soccer team defeated the Model Patriots 3-0 in a scrimmage on Aug. 7 at Community Stadium. The Jackets came out of the gate quickly with scoring opportunities, but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Multiple shots hit the crossbar or were swallowed up by the Model keeper. Early in the first half, Mackenzie Tucker was upended in an attempt on goal. Tucker responded 30 seconds later by coming right back at the keeper for yet another attempt that hit the cross bar once more. The Lady Jackets kept up the pressure and held the ball for the majority of the first half on the Model side of the field. “We had a hard time capitalizing on chances in the first half,” said senior Makayla Devore. “When we get the ball to the attacking players, we become a dangerous team,” said sophomore Mackenzie Tucker. As the first half concluded, the offense started to click and was ready to gain momentum in the second half. “When we switched the ball more and spread the field, we became a much better-balanced team,” said sophomore Shelbi Morrison. In the second half, Woodford came out and attacked and scored quickly. Tucker got the barrage started with a goal off an assist from Emma Oberlander. A few minutes later, Tucker struck again unassisted, and the Lady Jackets were up 2-0. After a couple of missed shots up close, the Jackets scored once more, as Shelbi Morrison sneaked one by the keeper on an assist from Tucker. Woodford controlled the ball on the offensive side of the field for much of the second half and late in the game. For the last goal of the game, Tucker went close to 70 yards weaving in and out of traffic, beating six defenders on her way to the hat trick. The regular season starts next week.

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