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LAWRENCEBURG – The Collins and Shelby County girls’ soccer teams saw their seasons come to an end Monday night in the 30thDistrict Tournament semifinals.
The fourth-seeded Titans fell, 6-0, to top-seeded Spencer County in the first match at Anderson County High School, before the host and second-seeded, Bearcats edged No. 3 Shelby County, 2-0.
Spencer County 6, Collins 0
The Bears (18-3-1) topped the Titans (7-8-1) for the second time in 15 days and for the fourth year in a row in the district tournament.
They had defeated Collins, 7-1, on Sept. 30 in Shelbyville and Monday built a 4-0 halftime lead en route to their 12thstraight victory.
“We played hard and aggressive, but it just didn’t go our way,” first-year Collins Coach Tim Oltman said. “We never gave up. We played one hundred percent, and it’s a big accomplishment to learn that alone, even more than winning, at the end of the day.”
The loss ended an up-and-down season for the Titans, who were plagued by injuries. Senior goalkeeper Emily Hinkle missed the second half of the regular season because of a hip injury.
Collins, which started the season 3-1 and went 3-1-1 in its final five matches but went 1-5 in between, also lost starters Addie Smith and Abby Beard at different points during the season to injuries.
“Losing a keeper, that’s a big one,” Oltman said. “But I don’t think there was a single game we played full strength.”
Anderson County 2, Shelby County 0
The Bearcats (6-12-2) and Rockets (7-12-3) were tied 0-0 for almost 45 minutes before Madeline Wilson’s goal with 35:18 to play in the second half gave Anderson County a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Joy Andrade added an insurance goal with 3:33 to play.
Anderson County won the first meeting between the teams, 5-0, on Sept. 4 in Lawrenceburg during Shelby County’s early-season, 9-match losing streak.
This time around the Rockets kept it closer, thanks in large part to freshman goalkeeper Cara Armstrong, who was moved into the box at midseason (beginning with Sept. 18’s 2-0 victory at Collins).
Armstrong faced a flurry of shots, especially in the second half.
Shelby County went 5-3-3 during its final 11 matches after starting the season 2-9.