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The Oldham County Lady Colonels had a game to remember Wednesday night, wrapping up a regular season district championship with a 3-0 win over North Oldham. More than just a win though, what really stood out was the way in which they executed.
"We knew going in that we had to win because of first seed in districts so it was a lot of pressure on us," junior Haley Kemper said. "I couldn't be more happy with how we played. We just came out and did a really good job with the pressure."
Kemper got things started neraly 14 minutes in, making a run up the left flank. After making a move inside and taking a touch, her shot from just outside the box found the near post for a 1-0 advantage.
She nearly added another minutes later but two beautiful stops from North Oldham goalkeeper McKensie O'Dell at point blank range kept the Lady Colonels at bay.
The Lady Mustangs nearly turned that momentum into a score of their own near the end of the half but a hard shot sailed high and right of the crossbar.
Play after the break proved to be much like the first half, albeit with a little more scoring, as the Lady Colonels established themselves early on. Shelby Cohen extended their lead to two less than five minutes in after sidestepping a diving O'Dell left her an open next.
Kemper added another goal nearly 20 minutes later on a long run down the left flank, poking home a rebound goal after an initial deflection.
That would be all they would need, coasting from there to pick up a 3-0 win.
"North played hard and played well," Oldham County coach Dan Schultz said. "They're a well coached, we were just able to come out in the second half and put the second one in and that took a little steam out of them. Now, we have ti trun around and get ready for them next week. We just have to come out and be strong Monday and get ready for the rest of the season."
Despite the score, O'Dell played well for North, turning away plenty of hard shots.
"She did amazing," coach Amy Revell said. "This is just her third game with us; we had to recruit her out of school to play (after Emily was injured). She played great."
Her play in the net has been an especially bright spot for a North Oldham team plagued by injuries to both the starting goalkeeper, Emily Morsmen, and a starting midfielder, Katie Stineburner, are out for the rest of the season with a broken leg and torn ACL, respectively.
With the win, the Lady Colonels improve to 11-2 with a 3-0 district mark, while North Oldham falls to 6-6. They will get another shot at each other in a week as the teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Oldham County High School.