• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS girls lacrosse beats Henry Clay

The Woodford County High School girls' lacrosse team defeated the Henry Clay Lady Blue Devils, 11-4 on March 7 at Lexington Catholic High School. The cold temperature did not slow down the action in the game.The temp at game time was in the mid 30s, with a strong breeze dropping the wind chill into the 20s. WCHS sophomore Olivia Olivas was fantastic in net for the Lady Jackets in just her second career game as goaltender.

Olivas stopped nine attempts by the Lady Blue Devils.

“It felt incredible to play like that tonight,” said Olivas. “I'm still learning the position and I want to be better so I just keep working hard and tonight it paid off. I am starting to believe that I belong on the field and playing this game. The cold weather got us fired up and we knew we had to keep moving to stay warm.”In the first half, The Lady Jackets were aggressive and jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a hat trick by WCHS junior Abbey Peterson. WCHS sophomore Brittany Sherrod and freshman Avery McFarland each added a goal to bring the lead to 5-0. The Lady Blue Devils scored as time expired in the first half.In the second half, the snow began to come down hard on the field. The Lady Jackets showed no ill effects of the cold or snow and continued to push the pace of the game. Woodford increased its lead to 9-3 when Peterson scored her fourth and fifth goals of the game.

WCHS freshman Metzli Chavez scored the final goal of the game and was mobbed by her teammates.“I am so proud of these girls,” said WCHS Coach Haven Buckner. “We just came in here and defeated the defending state champions. That is quite a feat for such a young team. Our second unit came in and was tough on Henry Clay. They shut them down and didn't allow a goal. That is pretty impressive to watch as a coach. Olivia (Olivas) was amazing tonight and she will only keep getting better. She is fearless and she works hard.”

Sherrod led the Lady Jackets with 13 ground balls in the game including one interception and a pair of take-aways.

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