• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets dominate Western Hills 5-1

The Woodford County High School girls' soccer team remained undefeated in district play with a 5-1 win over Western Hills at Capitol View Park in Frankfort Saturday, Sept. 15. The Lady Jackets controlled the game by being aggressive at midfield and finding their strikers with sharp passing. Woodford's offense appears to be turning the corner from a slow start to the season. The Lady Jackets have tallied 17 goals in their last three games. WCHS junior Mackenzie Tucker led the Jackets in scoring with three goals. Junior Carter Hays and sophomore Kamari Black each had a goal and assist in the match. WCHS senior Jasmine Collins and freshman Cassidy Gilbert each had an assist. Lady Jackets lose 3-2to LCA The Lady Jackets lost 3-2 to Lexington Christian Academy Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Community Stadium. The Lady Eagles scored first on a header from a corner kick to take a 1-0 lead into halftime. Early in the second half, Tucker scored on a booming strike from 30 yards out with her left foot into the top right corner of the net to even the score. Two minutes later, the Lady Eagles scored again to take a 2-1 lead. WCHS sophomore goalkeeper Caylee Thompson leaped to stop the shot, but the ball was out of her reach. The Lady Eagles scored their third goal of the game when a ball deflected off a Lady Jacket defender after a miscommunication with Thompson in front of the net. Tucker scored on a free kick to bring the Lady Jackets within a goal of the Lady Eagles. In the final minute of the game, freshman Anna Hawkins fired a shot at the LCA keeper but was denied, and the Lady Eagles held on for the win. "We had some serious communication issues on the field tonight," said WCHS Coach Sara Thornton. "We have to fix fundamental mistakes before we can move forward. This team needs to learn from these mistakes that we are making and put an end to it. We cannot survive playing this kind of soccer. We had major gaps between the midfield and defense in the first half, and we gave them plenty of space to work with, and that's unacceptable. Instances like this cannot continue for us to achieve our goal as a team."

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