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Walking off the field after Monday night’s state tournament game, the Oldham County Lady Colonels couldn’t help but smile.
Though their season had just ended in heartbreak with a close 2-0 loss to 7th Region champion, Assumption, they had plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Chief among those was the historic season they had just completed, advancing to the final field of 16 for one of the few times in school history.
“To face the schedule we faced and only lose two in shootouts and two straight up is phenomenal,” Oldham County coach Dan Schulz said. “They’re such a solid group of great young women. They’re all going to be leaders and they’re all going to be successful in whatever they decided to do. For them to put it together the way they put it together is pretty special.”
Unlike the rest of the season, Monday night’s match against Assumption proved to be too much.
The Rockets came out of the gate with plenty of pressure to keep the Lady Colonels off balance and out of the possession style of attack that has become their calling card throughout the season.
“We got caught up with Assumption attacking us and we were busy clearing the ball instead of possessing it,” Schulz said. “That just let Assumption keep attacking us.”
Assumption was able to make the most of that pressure near the end of the first half, striking first blood with a blistering shot off the crossbar to go up 1-0.
That momentum carried over into the second half as the Rockets were able to add a dagger just 10 minutes after the break, slotting home a header to go up 2-0.
Though Oldham County finally did start possessing the ball in the later stages in the game, they never fully recovered from the deficit, going scoreless over the next 30 minutes to end the game.
The Lady Colonels end the season with a 19-3-1 record.
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