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The SCHS girls’ soccer team has hit a rough patch.
After winning six of their first seven, the girls are 1-3-1 over the last five games, and Coach Joe Turner seems to be at a loss.
“We just can't seem to get our act together,” he said. “We seem to be struggling with the concept of team. We have a lot of talented players, but we just won't play together.”
Most of the team’s recent struggles have come on the offensive end. The Lady Rockets had 28 shots Monday against Western Hills but wound up with just a 3-0 victory.
“Our defense and midfield is getting the ball down the field, but after that we are just breaking down,” Turner said. “Our communication is poor, so we're having problems making the right pass or getting the best shot.”
Sarah Robinson scored twice in the first half off assists from Shelby Vogel and Stacie Lanham. Callie Greiner set the final score with a second half goal off of Vogel’s second assist.
“The second half was a total struggle to play together,” Turner said. “Again, I was very happy with our defense, but we have to play harder and smarted on offense.”
The defense again carried the Lady Rockets on Wednesday, but the offense continued to struggle in a scoreless tie against an overmatched Kentucky Country Day squad.
“We never really got our act together,” Turner said. “Our defensive effort was very good, holding KCD without a shot.”
On the other end, the Lady Rockets ended the game with 20 shots, but Turner questioned how good those were.
“They [KCD] packed nine players into the box to stop us, and we never took advantage of the space to shoot from the outside,” he said. “We repeatedly held on to the ball too long and dribbled into double teams. When you outshoot a team, 20-0, you should win the game.”
While he looks for answers to the Lady Rockets’ offensive woes, Turner said he’s optimistic.
“I still believe we are a very good team. We just have to pull together and believe in each other.”
The Lady Rockets will have plenty of chances to figure it out. Despite the upcoming fall break, Shelby County will play four games, starting Saturday against Frankfort.
“We’ll keep working on getting better and hopefully everything will work out,” Turner said.