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Lady Rockets roll over Henry County

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By Todd Martin

A team never wants to play from behind, but when Henry County scored first against the SCHS girls' soccer team Wednesday, it seemed to spark the Lady Rockets.

Shelby County (7-4) went on to score seven unanswered goals, dominating the Lady Wildcats (2-4), 7-1.

"We did not have a good start," SCHS Coach Joe Turner said. "They [Henry County] scored first on a busted play, but I thought we recovered well after that."

Shelby County's Alex Patterson tied the game at 1, and Anna Whitlow put the Rockets ahead for good when her shot from wide on the right went over Henry County's keeper and found the left side net.

Patterson, a freshman, went on to add two more goals in the first half, recording her first hat trick. She almost routinely beat the Henry County backline to balls played over the top and slipped through its defense.

For her third goal she slipped past the defense, pulled the keeper off her line and ripped a shot from just inside the 18-yard line to score with just 21 seconds remaining in the half.

Sweeper Olivia Sanders got into the act from her defensive position early in the second half. Sanders scored off a corner -- less than eight minutes into the second half -- when a ball popped out, and she lofted a shot over the Henry County goalie.

Sub Laura Martin tallied the Rockets sixth goal with 8:40 to play, beating Henry County's keeper to a loose ball in the middle and using a quick move to get by her before knocking the ball into an empty net.

SCHS's final goal came just three minutes later, when foreign exchange student Annabelle Maahs took a strong shot from the right that slipped past the goalie.

"That last goal [Maahs' goal]...she's never played soccer before this year," Turner said. "It was a fun game for us, and we got to play everybody. That's what we wanted to do, get everybody in and get our starters some rest.

"Most of them were out by 20 or 25 minutes left in the game."

Turner wanted to rest his starters because Monday's game against North Oldham, which had been postponed because of the weather issues, was rescheduled for Thursday night.

"It was either play it then [Thursday] or play it in a line with South Oldham and Anderson," he said. "We were already prepared for them, so we wanted to go ahead and get it in as soon as we could."