The Henry County Ladycats ran into the best team they have played all season Monday night, which also happened to be the opening round of the 16th District tournament and the season finale for the Cats’ inaugural season.
In the end, after a season that was full of obstacles with a first-year varsity program, South Oldham ended Henry’s season with a 10-0 loss. South, who entered the game red hot without a loss in more than 10 straight games, scored its 10th goal with less than a minute remaining, which ended the contest with the 10-goal mercy rule. It was the first time this season Henry was handed the mercy rule.
Earlier in the contest, which was played at Spencer County High School, Henry held its own against the tough South Oldham squad. After 20 minutes, South was in front just 1-0. But the Lady Dragons eventually stretched out their lead to easily move on to the next round.
“For about 20 minutes, I thought we played really well,” Henry coach Shannon Snider said. “Actually, we played decent the entire game. It just came down to a talent and skill level difference. Our girls played hard, though, and never gave up.”
Some of the key players in the contest were Emily Vegh at sweeper, Snider said, along with the rest of the defenders: Danielle Raisor, LeeAnne Brent and Shannon Woods. Also, Victoria Paynter — the leading scorer for the Ladycats this season — played another solid game at midfield.
“They all did a really good job for what they were facing,” Snider said. “They handled the situation very well. After the game, others came up and told me how well we did against South. I was proud of our team.”
Henry started its first varsity season after the Ladycats jump started a junior varsity program from scratch last fall. This year, they finished with a 3-10-2 record.
“Overall, I feel like we progressed pretty well over the course of the season,” Snider said. “With this being our first year, there will be a lot of upward growth over the next few years before things level off. When you look at our roster, you know our future looks very bright. The potential is there.”
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