The 2013 soccer season opened roughly for the Henry County Lady Cats, who fell to Spencer County 8-0 and Bourbon County 6-0.
The Lady Cats hosted the Lady Bears in their Aug. 20 opener and gave up the first score on a Spencer County shot from 18 yards out with 34:15 to play in the first half.
Henry County then played on even terms with the talented Lady Bears until just 2:11 remained in the first half when Spencer County got their second goal from 15 yards out on a breakaway.
The Lady Bears scored again just 90 seconds into the second half from six yards in front of goal. But that wasn’t the only bad news for the Lady Cats.
Striker Rachel Vegh went down on the play and left the game with an ankle injury. With Sarah Foree already out nursing an ankle injury, the Lady Cats were depleted and wore down as the game wore on.
Spencer County scored five more goals in the second half.
Coach Brandi Stivers looked for positives in the game. “Overall, I think we played pretty well against Spencer County,” she said. “We knew going in that they were a very tough team to compete against. With this being our first game of the season, we were able to identify several areas in which to focus on for improvement. One of those areas being the large gap between my offense and defense. We need to work on closing the gap during games to help cut down on a lot of running for my midfield players.
“I was pleased with the versatility of some of my players. We moved a couple of players to different positions to help ease fatigue with the lack of substitutions because we had some key players that left the game due to injuries. They were able to step up and play even though they had not practiced in those positions prior to this game. We had to get creative in our setup.”
Bourbon County 6 HCHS 0
The thin Lady Cat lineup faced Bourbon County on Saturday and lost 6-0.
“I think the girls played well together during this game,” Stivers said. “The communication was definitely better and we were able to close the large gap on the field between my defense and offense. There were some factors that made this game more challenging. We had a couple of players out due to injury while a few were playing with injuries and we were missing some team members due to other engagements. We had enough players to play but no substitutes. Fatigue was a huge factor in this game. I believe that once we get the team healthy we will be a strong team.”