• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets lose a heartbreaker to Anderson County

WCHS JUNIOR CARTER HAYS kicks the ball out of the keeper’s box during the first half of the Lady Jackets’ loss to Anderson County. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School girls' soccer team lost a home game to the Anderson County Lady Bearcats, 3-2. The game was a tug-of-war for much of the contest, with a 30-minute lightning delay late in the first half.

"We beat ourselves tonight," said WCHS Coach Sara Thornton. "We cannot play like this and expect teams to give us the game. We played like we were comfortable with a 1-0 lead, and we cannot survive like that."

In the first half, the Lady Jackets struck first on a goal by WCHS junior Mackenzie Tucker with an assist from sophomore Dorrah Martin. Tucker faked right and scored with her left foot to beat the Lady Bearcat keeper.

The Lady Bearcats answered when a ball deflected off of WCHS sophomore goalkeeper Caylee Thompson and was kicked into the the net on a rebound. After the weather delay, the game was tied at halftime, 1-1.

Midway through the second half, the Lady Bearcats took the lead, but Tucker responded with her second goal of the game beating the diving keeper with a rocket to the left corner of the net on an assist by WCHS junior Emma Oberlander. The Lady Bearcats regained the lead on a header off a corner kick. Thompson leaped towards the ball but was unsuccessful in making the save.

With 10 minutes to play, Tucker had a breakaway and was going towards the goal when she was tripped by Anderson County junior Layren McDannold, who received a yellow card for the foul.

By rule, because Tucker was shaken up, she had to leave the pitch for the next kick. Oberlander fired an indirect kick that was denied by the Lady Bearcats. The Lady Jackets put up a furious rally in the final eight minutes but could not sneak a shot past the Lady Bearcat keeper.

"We have to play the full 80 minutes," said Thornton. "If we play whistle to whistle, we will be fine. We have a few days off coming up with the holiday Labor Day weekend, and I hope the girls use it wisely. I hope the girls can rest and ice this weekend and now that people are getting healthy, hopefully, we can mesh on the field and work through the meat of the schedule."

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