Oldham County scored its 10th goal during the second half Monday night and the Henry County Ladycats ended their second soccer season at the varsity level getting blanked and with an 0-12-2 record.
Playing at North Oldham High School in the first game of the 16th District tournament, the Ladycats could not find the back of the net. Oldham was ahead 7-0 at the half and added three more goals after the break to end the game with the mercy-run rule.
“We played really well during the first part of the game. We actually would have had a chance if we would have kept it up,” HCHS coach Shannon Snider said afterwards. “When they scored, though, it just took the wind out of our sails. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there.”
The Ladycats are still going through growing pains with a young team composed of 15 sophomores. They started a junior varsity team from scratch in 2007 and finished with an 1-8-1 record; they jumped to the varsity level in 2008 and finished with a 3-10-2 record in their inaugural season; and this fall finished winless at 0-12-2 against a much tougher schedule. Snider said he purposely scheduled tough opponents to show the girls how hard they must work to build the program to the caliber of a team like Oldham.
“A lot of it this year was just a learning experience. I probably could have scheduled easier opponents and we could have won half our games,” Snider said. “At times we responded really well to playing these tougher teams and at times we didn’t. I was glad because it showed our players what they need to do to get to the next level.”
Snider said the two biggest things his team got from playing better teams were his squad had to make better decisions and they had to keep up with the much qyucker teams. The top schools from around the area are fast, skilled and tactically savvy, including Oldham.
“We were disappointed after a lot of the games but we saw what we have to do to keep improving,” Snider said. “I think it has pointed us in the right direction. We had some tough losses this year, nobody likes taking those kinds of losses. But until you step up to the plate against those teams, you aren’t going to get better.”
Leading up to the season finale against Oldham, the Ladycats lost to Owen County, 2-0, last Monday and George Rogers Clark, 6-1, on Wednesday to close out the regular season with 11 losses and two ties. They finished with tied games against Owen on Sept. 16 and Kentucky Country Day on Sept. 17. With no seniors, the Cats will try to build for next year.
“We have some good talent on this team. Our record was not indicative of that,” Snider said. “We’re young and growing and saw some good things tonight and throughout the course of the season. As far as I’m concerned, the future looks bright. We’ll pick ourselves up and see what we can do about next year.”
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