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SCHS girls fall to Oldham

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Whitlow, Patterson named to All-District team

By Todd Martin

The SCHS girls' soccer team started strong, but Oldham County proved to be too much Tuesday beating Shelby, 501 and advancing to the 16th District finals at Spencer County.

Oldham then beat South Oldham, 2-1, Wednesday for the district title.

The Rockets started strong in the semifinals but couldn't capitalize on a few chances early.

"We played really, really well for the first 24 minutes," Coach Joe Turner said. "We were settled down, played smart and had three or four shots. But we just couldn't keep that momentum."

And once Oldham got the momentum, it never let up.

"The last 10 minutes of the half, Oldham got four goals," Turner said.

With Olivia Sanders out because of a shin injury, the Rockets' defense was without its most experienced player.

"The first three goals they got, we had them trapped offside, but we stepped back and held them on," Turner said. "That' just inexperience."

Shelby County gave the Oldham a new look this time. After packing back in a defensive look in a 2-0 loss on Sept. 10, the Rockets tried to attack more Tuesday.

"We played them straight up, and it confused them early, but we got killed in the midfield and our inexperience on defense showed," Turner said.

Oldham led, 4-0, at halftime and extended the lead to 5-0 until Anna Whitlow scored with less than a minute to play.

Whitlow, a senior midfielder, and freshman Alex Patterson, who had a hat trick in the opening victory over Spencer County, were named to the All-District team.

"Both of them had a great tournament," Turner said. "And so did Sara Robinson [another freshman], I wish we could've gotten her on the All-District team as well."

Turner also noted that goalie Laura Metcalf played well.

"She really had a nice night in the goal," he said. "None of the goals were her fault. She did everything she could. We just made too many mistakes, and you can't do that against a team as good as Oldham."

Despite the loss, Turner said he's already excited for next year.

"We have a lot of good young players that are coming up in the system," he said. "We're going to miss our seniors, some that were with us for the six years, but we'll go back to the drawing board and see what we can do for next year."