• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets’ season ends with 2-1 loss to Western Hills

The Woodford County High School girls' soccer team lost 2-1 to Western Hills in the opening round of the district tournament Oct. 9 at Capital View Park, ending its season. The Lady Jackets controlled possession of the ball for nearly the entire game, but The Lady Wolverines did not waste opportunities and walked away with the victory. "This was a learning year for me with injuries," said WCHS junior Carter Hays. "... there were many injuries on this team, and I feel like we went through so much together. I am proud of everyone and how we improved as the season progressed. Towards the end of the season, we started to identify some problems and how to fix them. We were just a little late on some of them." Kaley Hoelscher got the Lady Wolverines on the board first beating WCHS sophomore Caylee Thompson with an assist by Anna Woolums, in the first half. The Lady Jackets fired at will at Western Hills' goalkeeper Carson Graves but could not get the ball into the net. Woodford's Abigail Wooten, Mackenzie Tucker, and Emma Oberlander had multiple shot attempts but were turned away. The Lady Jackets became more physical as the game wore on. WCHS junior Isabel Taylor absorbed contact on numerous plays, but prevented the ball from advancing towards the keeper. Early in the second half, Tucker fired a shot off her left foot that was deflected by Graves. Isabella Sarantonio fired off the deflection, but was off the mark. With eight minutes to play, The Lady Wolverines tacked on their second goal and took the shutout down to the final five seconds in the game when Tucker scored on an indirect kick. " I feel like this year was unique because we went back to basics as a group and started fresh," said Taylor. "Last year there was drama on the team, and this year we tried hard to stay together as a group. We will learn from this season and come back next season as seniors ready to play." WCHS Coach Sara Thornton's first season ends with a 5-10-1 record. "I am proud of these girls," said Thornton. "They have been through so much on and off the field this season. We will continue to build toward the future. We have a ton of talent returning, and many players received quality minutes at the varsity level this season. We'll be back."

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