• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Lady Jackets blank Western Hills

SHELBI MORRISON scores with a diving Wolverine keeper Carson Graves at her feet. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School girls' soccer team dominated at home over Western Hills 5-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 30. After a few minutes of slow action, the Lady Jackets stepped on the gas and applied constant pressure in the face of Wolverine goalkeeper "I thought we had good communication out there today," said Coach Brad Turpin. "It's always nice to win district games and especially at home. We weren't sure what to expect today because Western Hills came in with a new coach this season who also coaches with Bluegrass Soccer Club, so we knew they would be a well-coached club." Leading the charge were familiar names in the box score. Midfielder Lauren Rankin scored the game's first goal in the fifth minute. Just before the shot was taken, Turpin was shouting "Go Lauren, go." And when Rankin followed, a perfect chance was waiting. The assist was made by Jasmine Collins. "Rankin is a very talented, versatile player. She enjoys (the game) and is a quality midfielder," said Turpin. "We've been using her to anchor and direct our defense occasionally. She'll still see some time there throughout the season." A few minutes later, forward Mackenzie Tucker sent a booming kick from the 20-yard line over the keeper's head to score the goal. Emma Oberlander had the assist on the play. The boys' soccer team was in attendance for the game and broke into a loud roar after the long goal was made. The Jackets had all the momentum and the Wolverines were not pressuring the Woodford defense. "It was a good night out here," said goalkeeper Kristen Jordan. "The defense played very well in front of me." The final goal of the half was scored by forward Shelbi Morrison, who weaved her way through numerous defenders to score off of Mackenzie Tucker's assist. Morrison scored with keeper Carson Graves diving at her legs to stop the attempt but was overpowered by Morrison's momentum. "Any time we can be successful in a district matchup is a good night for us," said senior Ashton Moore. "We know it's a long season and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead." In the second half, the Lady Jackets kept firing at the Wolverine keeper. Tucker, Morrison and Collins all had shots that were either stopped or missed wide. Eventually, the goals kept coming, with Shelbi Morrison launching a shot past the keeper off a Lauren Rankin assist. Mackenzie Tucker scored the final goal of the game off a Carter Hays assist. "I thought we did a great job of executing the game plan that we had and hopefully we can continue to build on games like this," said junior Jasmine Collins.

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