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After back-to-back losses to open play in the 29th district, the South Oldham girls’ soccer team responded in a big way Wednesday night, knocking off rival North Oldham 2-1 to pick up their first district win. The last times the teams met, North Oldham rallied from a late deficit to force overtime on Aug. 19, eventually winning 3-2 on penalty kicks.
That wouldn’t be the case under the lights Wednesday as Stephanie Rowland got things started in the 19th minute as a beautiful through ball found her feet in the left of the goal box. After taking a touch, her shot to the far post slipped past North Oldham goalkeeper Emily Morsemen. She barely had time to catch her breath as the Lady Dragons mounted another attack less than 30 seconds later as a Julie McGee offering pushed the score to 2-0. Rowland assisted on the second goal.
The Lady Mustangs cut into that deficit less than a minute before the half as Katie Stinebruner rattled home a shot with 23 seconds on the clock.
From there, the game fell to a stalemate as neither team could mount a successful attack over the next 40 minutes.
Any adjustments the teams need to make will have to happen quickly as they’ll square off again Monday as South makes the drive to Goshen for the second leg of their annual meeting.
The Lady Dragons now sit 1-2 in district play, while North is 0-1 with both its games against Oldham County on the horizon.