• By Thomas Mims, Sport Writer

Lady Yellow Jackets still searching for first win


As if things weren’t off to a rough enough start in 2019, now the weather has also turned on Coach Sara Thornton’s team. The Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team dropped its first two games of the season to Lafayette and Campbell County Aug. 12 and 13, making 2019 the third straight year in which the program started with an 0-2 record. Woodford’s third game of the year, a blazing hot contest with Boyle County, was cut short at halftime due to heat. The two teams played to a scoreless tie through 40 minutes before officials halted the game for player safety concerns. Aside from a few mundane chances for both sides, goal scoring opportunities were limited in the abbreviated match. Woodford seemed to be headed for a bounce back during its home opener against Scott High School. An Emma Oberlander goal in the 34th minute gave the Lady Jackets a 1-0 lead when her free kick from 25 yards out deflected off the goalkeepers fingertips and into the net. After the break though, the game and weather both took a turn for the worse. In the second half, it seemed the Lady Eagles had finally stretched their legs after their 90-minute trip down I-75. Lydia Bowling bowled over the Jackets with four second-half goals to lead Scott to a 4-1 win. The second of those four, a penalty kick, came just a couple of minutes after a downpour of rain began to pepper the turf at Community Stadium. The rain worsened over the course of the next 20 minutes before a lightning strike put a pre-mature end to the game as Thornton declined to wait out the storm to try and play the final four minutes of the probable defeat.

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