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Short on depth, Lady Cats drop two games

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By Greg Woods

Short on depth already, the Henry County Lady Cats soccer team had even less to play with as nagging injuries shortened the roster even further for the young team.

“We are getting better as a team but we’re young and the inexperience is showing,” Coach Brandie Stivers said. “The injuries are hurting us the most however.”

Without the services of midfielder Izzy Miller, the Lady Cats fell 3-0 to Carroll County.

The game started tight as neither team got on the scoreboard early, however Carroll  scored late in the half to go up 1-0. The Panthers added a goal midway through the second half, and added a third near the end.

Also limited by injuries were defenders Katie Miller and Savannah Adams. Forward Rachel Vegh was slowed by shin splints. Stivers had to adjust her team and had several players playing in new positions to make up for the injuries.

“We moved goalkeeper Sophie Hughes to defender and played backup goalie Maddie Rucker,” Stivers said. “They both did a good job at making the adjustment. Kourtney Current moved into the middle for Izzy and did a good job distributing the ball. She has good instincts on the field.

“It is frustrating that we got beat by them because we know we can beat them but we are plagued by injuries right now. Everybody is a little off because we’re banged up.”

Stivers saw much to be pleased about as she tries to develop the young squad. “Micah Lineman did well in this game,” she said. “We’ve been working on making moves and she actually used some of them in the game to get herself free from the defense. Sophie did well in the back and the whole defense did a good job at holding them at bay. Justice Kirk and Jessica Holcomb played really well.

HCHS 2, North Bullitt 5

The Lady cats got off to a slow start in this game but finished strong. The Lady Eagles scored three goals in the first half and it looked like the rout was on but the Lady Cats played them even in the second half to finish on a good note.

“It was a very physical game,” Stivers said, “but we battled despite everything. We had several people banged up and had to play some of our most inexperienced girls gut we actually played much better in the second half.”

Teressa Deweese who had been playing as a winger was moved into the central midfield and scored on a 20-yarder. Destiny Phillips also scored on a 15-yarder off of an assist from Eugenia Hernandez.

Stivers was pleased with the play of winger Sarah Foree. “Sarah is excellent on throw-ins and at creating space by taking the ball down the sideline. Destiny, Kourtney and Teressa played well too.

Stivers sees a bright future for the young Lady Cats. She said, “I think we have a lot of individual talent. We need to get better as a team and we are getting there.”

The Lady Cats took on Walton Tuesday night and host Collins today at 5:30 p.m.