The Henry County Ladycats celebrated their biggest soccer win in school history last Thursday against Waggener, scoring their first goal less than a minute into the game and cruising in for a 10-1 unchallenged victory.
The Ladycats opened their inaugural varsity season with a 2-1 win over Whitefield Academy Aug. 19, then followed with losses to Spencer County (2-1) Aug. 25, Jeffersontown (4-3) Aug. 28 and Kentucky Country Day (3-1) last Tuesday. The Waggener win left them at 2-3 heading into this week.
“I’ve been really happy with the way we’ve been playing lately,” said Shannon Snider, who coached the school’s junior varsity team last fall before jump starting the varsity program a few months ago. “Our players have been playing well, and I’m happy with how they’re progressing.”
Against KCD last Tuesday, the Ladycats were behind 3-0 when Emily Vegh scored Henry’s only goal — about midway through the second half. The Cats had plenty of opportunities to add points on the scoreboard, but never found the back of the net again.
“We had the chances, we just didn’t take care of them,” Snider said. “Actually, we could have come away with a win against KCD. We just didn’t finish well when we needed to. We didn’t put the ball between the uprights and pass the keeper.”
After just a one-day break, the Ladycats were back in action Thursday when they traveled to Waggener. Henry scored early and never looked back as the first-year program added a second win.
Offensively, Katie Setters led Henry when the freshman scored the first goal of her career, then added goals two and three to make it a hat-trick. She got plenty of help from her teammates, with Victoria Paynter and Kate Vegh adding two goals each, and Heather Willis, Kaitlin Perkinson and Jessica Crain scoring one each. Henry was ahead 4-0 at the half, then outscored Waggener 6-1 during the second.
Because of the lopsided score, Henry was able to shift players around, get less experienced players more playing time than normal and try new looks.
“There are some things we need to work on, and we were able to work on those things during this game,” Snider said. “We did a lot more passing and moved the ball very well. It was a great game for us.”
The Ladycats next game will be this Wednesday at Shelby County, who are 6-4. They will then play at Louisville Collegiate the following night. The Shelby game will start at 5:30 p.m., while the Collegiate game will start at 6 p.m.
“We’re moving right along, and we will know more of how we’re progressing Wednesday when we play Shelby,” Snider said. “In all three losses, I felt like we had our chances, so I can’t really complain.”
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