• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Injury plagued Lady Jackets get first win

The Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team won its first game of the season Saturday, Aug. 25, in a 3-2 victory at Montgomery County. The Lady Jackets had struggled out of the gate this season battling injuries but picked up the much needed win on the road. WCHS junior Mackenzie Tucker scored a pair of goals for the Lady Jackets, and sophomore Kamari Black also scored. “The effort from the girls was much better than last Wednesday night,” said WCHS Coach Sara Thornton. We did better at winning 50-50 balls and bringing balls down out of the air. We switched formations and this one worked better for our team at this point. My message afterward was to ice any injuries and rest until today. I told them they deserved that first regular season win. It was a very physical game and got very dirty in the second half. I also told them we will continue to work on new formation as many of them said they like it a lot better. I told them to keep our heads up and we’ll keep moving forward.” The Lady Jackets suffered a 6-0 loss to Bethlehem Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Community Stadium. The Lady Jackets were short-handed (on both its starting lineup and bench) with many injuries mounting from the previous games. The Lady Banshees controlled the entire game, rarely surrendering a Lady Jacket shot. “We need to play from start to finish,” said Thornton. “We have to learn from a game like this. We have to learn how to get up when we get knocked down. We have a huge number of injuries right now, and we are making adjustments on the fly. The positive side is these young ladies have been very coachable and flexible with all the changes. We’ll keep working hard and hopefully; some good things will start happening for us.” In the first half, WCHS sophomore goalkeeper Caylee Thompson was incredible stopping multiple shots at close range. The Lady Banshees eventually scored on a rocket from sophomore Ginny Spalding with five minutes to play in the half. Thompson was injured late in the half when she was spiked by a Lady Banshee forward during a collision at the net, but she remained in the game despite being in obvious pain. “Despite feeling down about our performance at halftime, I think we fought harder as the game went on,” said WCHS sophomore Dorrah Martin. “Players who have not been on the field much got some much needed minutes tonight also, and that can be big for us later in the year.” Spalding scored again to give the Lady Banshees a 2-0 lead eight minutes into the second half. The Lady Jackets surrendered four more goals in the second half including a third for Spalding who completed the hat trick. WCHS junior Jasmine Collins was injured midway through the second half, and was helped off the field by the trainer. “I think after they scored their first goal, we just hung our heads, and that is something we must be better at for the next game,” said WCHS junior Isabella Sarantonio. “We know we have a whole season ahead of us, so we just have to keep working hard.”

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