• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Lady Jackets’ soccer starts 1-2 to open season play

SYDNEY BEAVERS makes a lunging attempt at a shot against Henry Clay. (Photo by Bill Caine)

JAYLYNN MURILLO collides with a Henry Clay forward. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team wrapped up a three-game weekend at the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular by beating Frederick Douglass High School 2-1. It took a couple of games for the Lady Jackets to find a groove, but some nice passing led to a pair of goals. Shelbi Morrison got the Jackets on the board with a goal assisted by Mackenzie Tucker. A few minutes later it was Tucker’s turn with a goal assisted by Hannah Vieyra. Kristen Jordan had a solid effort in goal for the Lady Jackets. Four younger players came up and joined the varsity team for this game. Meghan Denton, Dorrah Martin, Isabella Sarrantonio and Abigail Wooten all got the call to varsity for the Douglass game. “We are looking for an on-the-field leader to keep us focused and on task,” said coach Brad Turpin Jr. “Once we can do all of the little things consistently, we will be a much better team.” The Lady Jackets opened the Spectacular Aug. 16 on the road with a loss to the Henry Clay Blue Devils 4-0. Henry Clay pushed the Jackets back on their heels early and often in the first half. The Blue Devils scored their first goal in the opening minutes, but a great effort by goalkeeper Sydney Beavers kept the score at 1-0 through the rest of the half. Henry Clay made many attempts on goal, but a few missed wide of the net and Woodford went into the half trailing by only the lone goal. “This is a really good Henry Clay team,” said Turpin “We knew we would have to battle to stay with them. They are deep with a big senior presence but are also well-coached. They pressed us hard, but I thought Sydney (Beavers) did well in goal in the first half.” The start of the second half featured a furious Blue Devil attack. Lady Jacket goalkeeper Kristen Jordan stopped five Blue Devil attempts in the first three minutes. After another rally of shots, Jordan made a leaping save to stop the Blue Devils again. “Kristen Jordan played well for us,” said Turpin. “She made three or four very nice saves that could have put the game out of reach quickly in the second half. She’s always been a good keeper, so it was nice to see her step up tonight.” Around 10 minutes into the second half, the Blue Devils scored their second goal and followed up with another pair to finish the game. “We gave them too much space early on,” said Turpin. “When you give out space like that, eventually they get one past you.” The following evening, the Lady Jackets lost 1-0 to Campbell County on a stormy night at Tates Creek High School in Lexington. The lone goal of the game came on a corner kick by Emme Schumacher. “The goal came on a well-placed corner kick,” said Turpin. “The ball came into our defensive six-yard box, and they battled it in after a bit of a scrum.” The Lady Jackets had a few chances that were close, but Campbell County kept them off the scoreboard. “We definitely had more dangerous looks on goal,” said Turpin. “We lack a little composure and confidence in the offensive third right now.” The Lady Jacket comeback bid was stopped by Mother Nature, as the game was stopped due to thunderstorms a third of the way into the second half. “We have some kids playing positions they are not accustomed to and that presents a challenge,” said Turpin. “We have some tactical items to focus on as we move into regular season schedules.”

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