• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports Sun Editor

Lady Jackets lose a nail-biter to Boyle County

The Woodford County High School girls' soccer team lost 1-0 by penalty kicks to Boyle County Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Henry Clay High School . The game was scoreless at the end of regulation. "I'm really proud of the effort from our girls tonight," said WCHS Coach Sara Thornton. "It's the first real game of the season and to lose in a shootout is tough no matter what the circumstances are. I told them to hold their heads up high because we were great defensively and shut down a great scoring team. I think we need to work more on connecting our passes, but I take a lot of positives away from tonight." Neither team had a shot attempt for the first 20 minutes of the first half. The best chance of the first half came when WCHS senior Jasmine Collins sailed a shot over the crossbar with 15 minutes to play. WCHS junior Isabella Sarrantonio had a pair of shots in the first half. "Boyle County is an excellent team, and they tried to force us into situations, and I thought we did a nice job playing our game and not letting them get in our heads," said WCHS senior Savannah Karbach. "It's never easy losing by penalty kicks, but I think we will be just fine." In the second half, WCHS junior Mackenzie Tucker's shot attempt was stopped by Boyle County sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Montgomery at point blank range. Karbach was charged with a yellow card with nine minutes to play after a collision with a Boyle County midfielder. The Lady Rebels picked up their intensity in the final five minutes getting off a handful of shots. "We communicated really well and marked everyone, and we are usually successful when we play defense like that," said WCHS junior Emma Oberlander. "We are working to be more in sync offensively. It's coming; We just have to keep working."

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