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North Oldham upends Lady Rockets

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Girls knocked from postseason

By Todd Martin

The SCHS girls’ soccer team faced a déjà vu Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss at North Oldham High School. The Lady Mustangs (15-2-3, 5-0-1 in the district) knocked Shelby County (11-6-2, 3-3-1) out of the 16th District Tournament, and the postseason, by the same score as the Sept. 21 regular season match-up, which also was played at North Oldham. "They were a step faster and way more physical,” SCHS Coach Joe Turner said. “We needed to start off fast and didn't, giving up a goal in the first four minutes of the game.” The Lady Rockets rallied back to tie score at 1, when Alex Patterson scored off a pass from Sarah Robinson. It was Patterson’s fourth goal of the tournament. However, Turner said the Lady Rockets didn’t capitalize on the momentum. “One of the main problems that we've had all year has been poor communication,” he said. “This was very evident last night in the first half because we weren't marking the correct players or recovering quickly enough on defense to help our fullbacks.” Not long after the Lady Rockets tied the score, North was back on the board, putting in goals two and three later in the first half. Turner said that put the Lady Rockets in a hole they couldn’t get out of. “We played much better defensively in the second half, but could not muster many opportunities on offense,” the coach said. The first half was just too much for Shelby County to overcome, and North’s physical play was a big change from Monday’s win over Spencer County. “We played really hard the whole game, but just couldn't match up physically with North,” Turner said. “They really beat us up from the start and that put us back on our heels.” South Oldham beat Oldham County, 1-0, in the other semifinal game. South and North played Wednesday for the district tournament title, and both teams advance to next week’s 8th Region Tournament.