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Lady Rockets split two at Anderson tourney

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By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls' soccer team had a rough start to the season, falling 4-0 at Eastern and 7-2 at Mercy, but head coach Joe Turner said he sees things turning around.

The girls played North Hardin in the first game of the Lady Bearcat Tournament on Monday, and despite a 2-0 loss Turner was happy.

"We outplayed them and out-shot them, but we just couldn't score," he said. "We hit the post numerous times. It easily could've been a 4-2 win for us, but we couldn't get the ball in the net."

Central Hardin scored first on a corner kick that bent into the net, and the second goal came later in the first half on another dead ball opportunity.

Even though the team lost, Turner was impressed.

"It was encouraging because we outplayed a very good team," he said. "It's still a loss so we have to get better, but we played very well. We made a lot of changes, and I think that was the key. We had some girls playing new positions that they weren't really used to playing."

Turner moved Olivia Sanders from the midfield back to sweeper, slid Megan White back to her natural position at defense and moved Hillary Robinson to goalie.

"She's never played there before, but she did a great job," Turner said.

The improved play and the changes carried over to Tuesday's game against Harrison County, and this time the Lady Rockets got the results they were looking for, a 1-0 win.

"Again we outplayed and out-shot the other team, but this time we got a goal," Turner said. "Courtney Johannes put a shot in the upper (corner) in the second half, it was a really pretty shot."

The game was tied at 0 at halftime, but Turner said it was still a one-sided affair.

"I think the ball was only on our side of the half about two times," he said. "From the first two games of the year, we looked like a completely different team."

Turner said the turn around was led by the team's seniors and was added to by the changes made in the line-up.

"The last two games, our seniors decided they wanted the team to play better and everybody has followed," he said. "That, along with the changes we made, have made this a much better team. I think, after our injuries to start the year, we made changes that just didn't work. Now, our second round of changes have gotten girls in spots they're more comfortable with, and it's showing with their way they're playing."

The Lady Rockets have a chance to play Anderson County for the championship on Saturday. If Harrison County beats North Hardin, the Lady Rockets will play for the title. However, if North Hardin wins the Lady Rockets will play Mercer County for third place on Saturday.

"Either way, we get a good game out of it," Turner said. "Anderson County is a top-10 type team and Mercer County is usually pretty good."