• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Girls’ soccer whips Mercer County 6-2

SHELBI MORRISON fires for one of her two goals on the night against Mercer County Aug. 23. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team was victorious in its home opener, winning 6-2 over Mercer County on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Woodford was aggressive from the opening whistle and created many scoring chances in the first half. Mackenzie Tucker scored the first goal of the game in the first six minutes. Tucker weaved through several Lady Titan defenders to score. A few minutes later, Jasmine Collins scored from the right side with a long shot attempt that hit the keeper in the hands and fell into the net. Emma Oberlander, assisted on the goal. “We had a really good scouting report for this game,” said Lady Jacket keeper Sydney Beavers. “The plan was to be aggressive and create opportunities. The girls went out there and did that today. Yesterday with the rain we were able to watch film and see some things that were important for us to fix.” Nearly halfway through the first half, Shelbi Morrison scored the first of two straight goals for the Lady Jackets. Morrison pressured the keeper relentlessly in this game. Morrison, who is verbally committed to play at Western Kentucky, was involved in a pair of collisions in the first half that broke up what would have been more scoring chances for the Jackets. Mackenzie Tucker and Emma Oberlander each had an assist on Morrison’s pair of goals. “It was nice to be out here and put some goals on the board,” said Coach Brad Turpin. “We were pretty successful in the first half controlling the ball for the first half. The last 10 minutes or so we struggled and we’ll need to work on that. There was a bit of disagreement amongst the team that we needed to work out, and now I’m hopeful that we are all on the same page. Everyone must understand that we all have roles and once we understand the big picture, things should be smooth.” The Lady Titans broke through and scored a goal a couple of minutes before halftime to make the score 4-1 at the half. Woodford County held the ball for a majority of the half and forced the Titans into defensive situations at every turn. “We are a family out here,” said Raegan Gilbert. “We play so hard for each other, and when we are making passes and stops like we did tonight, we know we didn’t let each other down. Anytime we can be patient on the defensive side, it turns into a positive thing.” The second half started with the Lady Titans bringing more pressure on the offensive side and had a few solid chances knocked away by Jacket goalkeeper Kristen Jordan, including a diving save to her right. Mackenzie Tucker came charging through a pair of Titan defenders to fire a shot over the keeper’s head and score the goal. Makayla Devore made the assist. “I thought we stepped up from previous games,” said Savannah Karbach. “It felt like we were in sync on the field. Early in the second, we got a little comfortable with our lead and we know we can’t do that, but we fixed it and finished the game strong.” The Lady Titans went on to score the second goal in the game before Tucker finished the game with her third goal of the night. Tucker’s goal came on a direct kick, in which she placed the ball down immediately after the whistle and fired the shot before the Lady Titans had a chance to reset. “It was nice to get a win tonight, and we are now off until Monday,” said Turpin. “It’s great because we have a couple of players who need a rest and hopefully they can heal up with this extra time. The girls plan to have a kick-around over the weekend, and I will be looking forward to seeing them on Monday before we open district play against Western Hills.”

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