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BUCKNER — As he gathered his players in front of the Oldham County bench after the game, Lady Colonels coach Dan Schulz told his players what he thought about their standing in the 8th region tournament.
Oldham County had just defeated Eastern 3-0 in the first round of the regional tournament.
“We’re the best team in the region,” Schulz said. “CAL (Christian Academy of Louisville) thinks they know what they’re in for. But they don’t.”
The Lady Colonels got the Lady Eagles down early and held the advantage throughout the game. Sophomore midfielder Hayla Ragland got Oldham County on the board with 36:38 left in the first half when she scored from 10 feet out.
Ragland added another goal just 2:42 before halftime when she scored out of a scrum in front, the sequence initiated by a corner kick.
“The goals really weren’t anything I did besides hustling to the ball,” she said. “My teammates were the ones who played it and I wouldn’t have gotten ‘em if it weren’t for my teammates.”
With 11:47 left in the game, freshman full back Bethany Massey padded the Lady Colonels’ lead with a goal from the right side of the net, from 10 feet away.
In the first game, South Oldham held but couldn’t quite keep up with CAL. The Lady Centurions broke through a scoreless tie at halftime with a goal by sophomore midfielder Kenzie Dannelly just 1:18 into the second half.
Dannelly added another goal with 17:42 left in the game when she lobbed a loose ball with a pooch kick over outstretched Lady Dragons sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Maleug.
“We had a couple of defensive breakdowns that resulted in the two goals,” South Oldham coach Cy Tucker said. “Other than that, I was pretty pleased with the way we played. If it had been 0-0 at the end of regulation, that wouldn’t have surprised me.”
The Lady Dragons’ season ends at 13-7-1, while Oldham County will again play host, with its championship game tilt against CAL at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
“We just have to stay sharp,” Schulz said. “We’re playing really good soccer right now. We need to relax. It was a nice physical game tonight, so two days will be good for us, just to get a little rest to some bruises and bumps.”
If the Lady Colonels play like Schulz believes they’re capable of, they’ll be dishing out the majority of the bumps and bruises.
8TH REGION VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
North Oldham and Oldham County are both moving on to the region tournament semi-finals, played at North Bullitt. The Lady Mustangs took care of Bullitt Central 27-25, 25-8, while the Lady Colonels coasted past Collins 25-11, 25-16.
North Oldham will face Shelby County tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. while Oldham County plays host North Bullitt tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
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