With the 16th District Tournament starting Monday night, the Henry County girls’ soccer team dropped games to Scott County and Spencer County last week, and close out the regular season with games at Owen County and George Rogers Clark. The Ladycats entered this week with a 0-9-2 record.
Despite the Scott and Spencer losses, head coach Shannon Snider was still impressed with how his team performed. It is just Henry’s second year having a soccer program and the tough schedule is not an easy one.
“Actually, I was pleased with everyone’s play last week,” Snider said. “I think it was a good, team effort on everyone’s part. We are playing better, just a little unlucky not to get a win yet.”
Against a tough Scott team last Wednesday, the Ladcyats took a 9-0 loss. They were trailing 6-0 at the half and allowed three more goals during the second 40-minute stretch. Scott improved to 15-1-2 with the victory.
It did not help Henry that the sophomore-dominated team was without some key players due to illnesses, which forced others to play in different positions and left the sideline almost depleted. It was a learning experience.
“Scott has a really good team and is very well organized as far as the attacking end,” Snider said. “They took care of a lot of chances they got. We played pretty good in the second half but were a little overwhelmed in the first. I was happy with the effort we put out.”
Henry did get a couple shots at the goal, including one that hit the crossbars, but none of them found the back of the net.
The Ladycats were in position to pick up their first win of the season at Spencer County the following night, but could not close the game. They were ahead 1-0 at the half, while Spencer scored two goals in the second half to come away with the 2-1 win.
Jessica Crain scored Henry’s lone goal during the first half. Spencer then scored the tying goal in the second and the go-ahead goal a few minutes later.
“That was a really good, competitive game,” Snider said. “We had lots of chances and got unlucky to miss some of them. I was pleased with how we played once again, just not happy that we weren’t able to finish it.”
After the 0-9-2 record, the Ladcyats play Owen County this Wednesday and George Rogers Clark this Friday — both on the road. They will then open the 16th District Tournament, held at North Oldham High School, against Oldham County on Monday at 6 p.m.
The tournament finishes on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top-two teams of the single-elimination tournament advance to the 8th Region tournament.
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