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Lady Cats fall to Lady Braves, 4-1

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By Greg Woods

The Henry County Lady Cats’ soccer team hosted Grant County on Sept. 16 and fell to the Lady Braves, 4-1.

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The Cats started on the front foot when Tierra Allison had a shot from five yards out but it went wide right.

Two minutes later Grant County threatened with a breakaway shot that goalkeeper Sophie Hughes saved. But the Lady Braves kept the pressure on and scored at 32:55 on a free kick from just outside the penalty box to take the lead.

At 26:35 Rachel Vegh let loose with a screamer from 30 yards out that was just wide.

Two minutes later Grant County scored again. This time the initial shot was deflected by Hughes, but an onrushing Lady Brave scored on the rebound to make it 2-0. Hughes made another save just one minute later to keep the two-goal deficit.

The Lady Cats pulled within one goal at 12:36 when Vegh received a nice pass from Izzy Miller inside the box and fired the shot home from about seven yards out.

But Grant County scored again before halftime at the 8:12 mark when they got a 30-yard shot from their striker to make it 3-1.

The Cats opened strongly in the second half and had two good chances within the first six minutes on crosses from Vegh.

On the first one, Teressa Deweese volleyed the ball hard straight at the keeper who managed to hang on to the ball and keep it out of the goal. On the second, the Cats had a shot from close range that bounced off the keeper but the Lady Braves managed to clear the rebound out of danger before the Cats could get another shot.

Vegh got another chance on a shot from about 25 yards that sailed just high and right of the goal with 27:44 left.

Henry County paid soon after for not taking their chances when Grant County got their fourth goal on a breakaway play on which the striker dribbled past several defenders and slotted it home from close range to put the game away.

Grant threatened several more times in the closing minutes but Hughes made three nice saves to keep the margin at three.

After the game Coach Brandi Stivers talked about the missed opportunities. “Rachel made a couple of nice crosses to the middle,” Stivers said. “We need to strengthen our shooting. We’ve been working on rushing the goal and not assuming the goalkeeper has it. It almost paid off on the second cross.”

Stivers praised the play of her midfielder, Izzy Miller. “She gets assists on most goals we have, she plays a part in almost every scoring opportunity we have and then goes back and helps the defense. She never stops. We’re blessed to have her on the team. Not a lot of players have the stamina to do what she does.”