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Shelby County's girls' soccer team started slow but added a second-half flurry of goals to beat Spencer County, 6-0, in the first round of the 16th District Tournament at Spencer County on Monday.
The victory put the Rockets (11-7-1) into the second round of the district tournament against Oldham County on Tuesday.
The championship game is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Spencer County.
Goals from Sarah Robinson and Alex Patterson gave the Rockets a 2-0 halftime lead, but Coach Joe Turner said he wasn't pleased.
"Our touches were really bad in the first half, so we talked about keeping the ball closer on our feet and making good passes," he said. "We knew the goals were coming in the second half, but we just had to be patient and play a little better."
After several shots were either knocked out by the keeper for Spencer County (4-7-3) or just off target in the first, the Rockets scored four second-half goals in a span of 10 minutes and 30 seconds.
Robinson added her second goal, Patterson added two for a hat trick in the game, and Anna Whitlow cleaned up Patterson's shot that had bounced off the post.
"Our two freshman forwards [Robinson and Patterson] took care of the bulk of the scoring, so that's good to see," Turner said. "They did a very nice job attacking the goal, and that was Sarah [Robinson's] first varsity start. Also, we did a much better job crashing the goal after shots in the second half. Really we just played much better."
The only setback was an injury to sweeper Olivia Sanders, who left the game with about 28 minutes to play after injuring her shin in a collision with a Spencer player. After the game, Turner wasn't sure if Sanders would be able to play Tuesday or Wednesday.
"This was a nice warm-up for us," Turner said of the victory over Spencer. "We're going to have to be ready to play and be much more aggressive if we want to continue to advance, but I was very happy with our effort [Monday.]"