The Henry County girls’ soccer team dropped two more games last week — 6-2 against Western Hills on Wednesday and 3-1 against Fern Creek on Thursday — but they are still “on the upward curve of progression,” head coach Shannon Snider said of his Ladycats who brought a 3-1-7 record into this week.
“I’m still happy with how things are going,” he said. “It’s all about building for the future at this point.”
Against Western Hills, the visiting Ladycats scored with 15 minutes left in the first half when Victoria Paynter’s kick reached the back of the net. Miranda Hornback broke past the defense and took a shot at the goal, which Paynter rebounded for a score. Meanwhile, Western Hills scored three times during the first 40 minutes to take a 3-1 lead into the half.
After the break, Paynter scored Henry’s second goal on a penalty kick, resulting from a handball in the box. That was the final time Henry managed to put a point on the scoreboard with Western Hills winning by four goals.
“Western Hills has a solid team that passed and ran to the goal well, and that’s where they got us — they made some good runs to the goal and had some nice finishes,” Snider said. “We had moments where we played really well. We had several scoring opportunities. We had some good chances but didn’t necessarily get the good shots. For the most part I was happy with how we played.”
Henry had a couple of key injuries during the loss with Danielle Raisor and Paynter both going to sideline. Raisor hurt her calf midway through the first half and did not return, while Paynter — Henry’s leading scorer — took a hit the back of the head shortly after scoring her second goal and did not return either.
“Those were two big losses for us and made more of an upward struggle the rest of game,” Snider explained. “We still had several scoring chances but didn’t get the ball in the net.”
Against Fern Creek the following day, Paynter was cleared to play but Raisor, along with sisters Heather and Amber Lee, were unable to suit up. Due to the injuries, Henry had to shuffle its lineup, which could have led to the 3-1 loss.
Emily Vegh scored Henry’s lone goal during the first half.
“I thought we played a decent, solid game,” Snider said. “We gave up some goals and I think that’s when the inexperience started to show its head. We’re doing better with things every game. We’re still having the young, inexperience mistakes that occur. It’s just a matter of if the other teams take advantage of those mistakes or not.”
The Ladycats played at Owen County this past Monday, hosted Whitefield Academy Tuesday and will host Walton-Verona Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in their final game of the regular season. The district tournament will start next week.
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