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CRESTWOOD – North Oldham’s goal Tuesday night was to put rival South Oldham away early. That’s exactly what the Lady Mustangs did.
Baylee Willett scored three of her game-high four goals in the first 11 minutes and North cruised to a 13-3 road win.
The win was the Lady Mustangs’ third this year against their county rivals.
“Our plan when we talked to the girls was to score early and score often,” coach Jaclyn Harbin said. “That’s what we have to do.”
North had a 9-0 halftime lead scored the game’s first 11 goals before South finally broke through with 16:55 left to play in the second half.
Willett led the team with four goals, followed by two-goal efforts from Jillian Church, McKayla Mueller and Molly Powers
Meanwhile a defense that was missing standout Catie Berkemeier allowed just three goals all night.
Lauren Feltman stepped up and filled much of Berkemeier’s defensive role. Sydney Willett also moved into a more defensive role Tuesday, Harbin said.
“I think this is the first year we’ve really meshed together and really known each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” goalie Bailee Ferguson said of the Lady Mustang defense.
Leading 9-0 after halftime, North ran its advantage to double-digits six minutes into the second half on goals by Mueller and Powers.
South’s Mhari Shaw scored the Lady Dragons’ first goal to make the score 11-1.
Teckla Danielson then got two shots by Ferguson to give South three goals for the game.
“They bore down and they concentrated,” South coach Bob Newton said of his team’s second half efforts. “They didn’t give up and that’s what we need to do… You’ve got to finish strong.”
North is now 12-1-1 this season with a handful of regular season games to go.
Newton had high praise for the Lady Mustangs.
“They’re a good squad,” Newton said. “We’ve just got to keep amping up our game and we’ve got to match them. We haven’t done it yet, but hopefully we get another shot.”
The Lady Mustangs were eliminated from the postseason last year by Christian Academy-Louisville but have high hopes for this postseason, which begins in May.
“I have confidence in my team that we can go far,” Baylee Willett said.