• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Lady Jackets crush Frankfort 10-0

TIFFANY ROYSTER battles Frankfort defender Claire Irish in the second half of their game played Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Community Stadium. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets defeated Frankfort High School by a score of 10-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Community Stadium. Mackenzie Tucker started the scoring with a quick, unassisted goal. Less than a minute later, Carter Hays fired one past the keeper on an assist by Emma Oberlander. Thirty seconds later, Shelbi Morrison shot a rocket at the Frankfort keeper and scored on a Tucker assist. "Each game, we have a specific game plan that we try to execute," said junior Savannah Karbach. "Tonight was special because everybody was able to get on the field and get a look. We have had a good amount of time off to rest with the holiday that just passed. I feel like everyone was rested and prepared tonight." Woodford continued to control the ball and had a few missed chances before Oberlander scored off of an assist from Hays, and Lauren Rankin scored immediately after on an Oberlander corner kick to make the score 5-0 in the first 13 minutes. Tucker later scored on a corner kick deflection, and Isabella Sarantonio scored the final goal of the half off of a Dorrah Martin assist. "The first half was wild for us," said senior Miranda Carl. "We had so many substitutions, and it was nice to get out there and play my game. We prepare for all types of scenarios, and everyone was ready tonight." In the second half, the story was the same. The Jackets continued to pressure the Lady Panthers with every possession. After a quick goal by Morrison in the 44th minute, the final goal was scored by senior Tiffany Royster off an assist from Makayla Devore. Royster snuck one past a diving Lady Panther keeper to score the game clincher. The game was declared complete with the Lady Jackets having a 10-goal lead in the second half in the 53rd minute. "This was definitely a highlight for me," said Royster. "These girls out here with me are my best friends. I won't soon forget this." The Lady Jackets come out of the game against Frankfort with a four-game win streak in which they have outscored their opponents 23-3. During this span, Mackenzie Tucker scored nine goals, and Shelbi Morrison scored seven. Coach Brad Turpin claims that proper game planning is one the keys to their success. "Each week, the girls get a scouting report on our opponent," said Turpin. "We try to be ready for each opponent and make good choices with the information that we have. Tonight was good because everyone on the roster got a bit of action out there. We still have plenty of work to do as the schedule goes on. We have some tough games lined up, and Lexington Catholic is there right before senior night. We'll be ready." On Saturday evening, the Lady Jackets were defeated on the road 4-0 in a tough matchup with George Rogers Clark High School. "We knew going in that the Lady Cardinals were a very good team that plays an attacking style of soccer," said Assistant Coach Craig Boyce. "Our team welcomed the challenge and came out and executed very well in the first half. We created some good chances in the first 25 minutes and just didn't get them in the back of the net. Our opponent got a penalty kick on a bang bang play that could have gone either way. The last 10 minutes of the first half, the game opened up, and we struggled to get the ball on the ground and maintain possession. In the second half, they (the Lady Cardinals) created more chances than we did and were able to score two more goals. The team will take the positives from the first half and learn from our mistakes. It was a good test to show our team where we are and what we need to work on to have a chance to accomplish the goals they set for the season." JV update JV coach Anne-Spicer Adams is becoming more comfortable with her team as the season progresses. "Our game on Saturday against the Lady Cardinals went well," said Adams. "We are still developing our transition from the defensive third of the field into our offensive third. Our players did a wonderful job winning small battles on the field, but the distribution was off. I would say that this was our main flaw throughout the match. Overall, our game is becoming much more organized. The JV squad is hardworking, patient with the process, and willing to learn. This will ultimately make us successful towards the end of our season."

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