• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets soccer team falls to Henry Clay

The Woodford County High School girls' soccer team lost 3-1 to Henry Clay Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the second game of the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular. The injury-riddled Jackets played with heart, but could not overcome the high powered Lady Blue Devil offense.

Henry Clay scored first on a strike by junior McClaine Huffman in the third minute of the first half. Playing with only three substitutes in the game, the injuries kept coming for the Lady Jackets. Carter Hays was injured midway through the first half when she flipped over during a collision with a Henry Clay midfielder. Hays returned to action in the second half. WCHS senior Savannah Karbach was injured late in the half when a ball hit her in the face.

The Lady Blue Devils had another chance late in the half but their shot bounced off the cross bar then deflected by WCHS sophomore Caylee Thompson. Henry Clay took a 1-0 lead into halftime without surrendering a shot to Woodford.

“The effort was awesome tonight,” said WCHS Assistant Coach Craig Boyce. “We had some injuries to some important players, and our girls stepped up and gave a tremendous effort tonight. We are encouraged by that.”

In the second half, WCHS junior Mackenzie Tucker tied the game on an indirect kick over six Lady Blue Devils with 28 minutes to play. The Lady Jackets had another chance moments later when a foul was called on the Lady Blue Devils after Hays was upended again. Tucker's shot went over the cross bar.

The Lady Blue Devil's scored a pair of goals in the final minutes of the second half to seal the win.

“I think we played hard tonight,” said Hays. “Many of us were tired and banged up but kept fighting. It's encouraging though because we know how tough we can be when we get back to full strength. Right now everyone is a little stressed because school just started, we are doing homework for the first time on top of competing so once we find our groove we will be fine.”

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