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By The Staff


South Oldham vs. Ballard

Score: 3-2 South Oldham.

When: Oct. 22. 

Where: Ballard High School. 

Key players: South Oldham’s Will Vitalis, Dylan Gordon, Brycen Howard and John Cantrell. Ballard’s Matthew Vine and Trevor Bruner. 

Game highlights: SOHS senior Will Vitalis carried the day for the Dragons as he scored all three goals for SOHS to give them the regional title in overtime.

Vitalis, who has signed to play at the University of Louisville and was named the national youth soccer association Kentucky player of the year this summer, hit the game-winner with 3:54 left in the second sudden death overtime.

Vitalis got control of the ball on a run and with a Ballard defender on him, was able to hit a shot by the Ballard goalie to win the game.

Both teams scored right before the end of the first half. Ballard’s Trevor Bruner got through the SOHS defense to punch in a short shot with 3:11 left in the half.

Vitalis answered for the Dragons with 1:12 left when he hit a 25-yard direct kick.

The scored ended that way in regulation. Vitalis put the Dragons up 2-1 just 28 seconds into the first overtime with a short goal.

Ballard tied it right before the end of the first 10-minute period when Matthew Vine scored off a pass from Bruner. 

South Oldham vs. North Oldham

Score: 2-1 South Oldham.

When: Oct. 21. 

Where: South Oldham High School. 

Key players: South Oldham’s Virginia White, Hannah Kellogg and Hannah Ellis. North Oldham’s Megan Klyczek and Devan Costelle. 

Game highlights: The Lady Dragons took the rubber match with the Lady Mustangs to win a third straight regional championship.

SOHS, 18-3-2 and ranked No. 7 in the state, took an early 1-0 lead when senior Virginia White scored on a header off a throw in from Hannah Kellog.

The Lady Mustangs, who finished the year 16-4-3 and ranked No. 15 in the state, came back to tie the game when senior Megan Klyczek scored on a run.

The Lady Dragons got the game-winning goal on a header from Hannah Ellis off an assist from Marissa Williams.

Ellis, Williams, Kellogg and Shelby Thompson were all named to the all-region team for the Lady Dragons.

The win advanced the Lady Dragons to the sub-sectional Tuesday where they took on No. 1 and defending state champion Sacred Heart.


North Oldham vs. Western Hills

Score: 30-7 Western Hills.

When: Friday. 

Where: Western Hills High School. 

Key players: North Oldham’s Jerrett Link. Western Hills’ Dylan Curry, Arie Slone and Justin Wright. 

Game highlights: Western Hills dominated this one from the start to secure second place in the district.

The Wolverines went up 8-0 to open the game when Justin Wright scooped up a fumble by NOHS’ Zach Evans and returned it eight yards for a score. Western Hills held NOHS to a three-and-out series before scoring again. Quarterback Dylan Curry hit three straight passes, the last a 35-yard touchdown strike to Chris Pugh for a 15-0 lead.

NOHS regrouped a bit and managed to cut the lead to 15-7 when Jerrett Link scored on a 31 yard sweep around the left side.

Western Hills, however, answered in just two plays. Curry hit Bobby Clay with a 43-yard pass to the NOHS where Wright took it over on the next play to give the Wolverines a 22-7 halftime lead.

Western Hills put their final score up in the third quarter.

Curry, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior who has signed to play at the University of Louisville next year, did most of the work on the drive.

Curry carried the ball five times for 44 yards before finally scoring from the four on a quarterback draw.

NOHS closes the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at East Jessamine. The loss dropped the Mustangs to third place in the district giving them a road game in the first round of the playoffs.