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Girls Soccer: South Oldham edges Oldham County in district opener

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By Elliott Pratt

 CRESTWOOD — South Oldham senior Kailey Oliveros was named a team captain right before the start of Wednesday night’s district opener against Oldham County.

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After sitting out the first few weeks of the season with a sprained foot, coach Kenny Burke said it was time her efforts as a supporter from the sideline be recognized with her progression on the field.

Oliveros didn’t disappoint the honor.

The senior’s goal ten minutes into the second half was all South Oldham needed to hold off Oldham County in a 1-0 victory to start District 29 play.

Oliveros scored on a header in the middle off an assist from Averi Faulk from the left side with 30:20 to play in the match.

The win for South comes after a week-long layoff since losing to Boyle County 2-1 on the Lady Dragons’ Senior Night.

“We knew it was a big game because you get the district seed and there’s always a lot of emotions playing against OC with the rivalry,” Oliveros said. “They’ve gotten us a lot in the past, so every time we come into this game there’s a lot of emotions. It was a high intensity game and we created a lot of options and we did our best.”

Having Oliveros back the last six games has helped a struggling offense “evolve” according to Burke. South (4-3-1, 1-0 District 29) ranks as one of the lowest scoring offenses in Region 8 with 12 goals this season. OC has 25 and Simon Kenton leads the region with 48.

The offense is “still a work in progress” at the halfway point of the season.

“I think we do fantastic things when we possess the ball and knock it around,” Burke said. “The one thing Kailey brings into it is we can serve balls into the box and she can deliver on a pass. She’s calm when the ball comes to her. I love her sense of awareness up there and she’s got a good game sense and she won’t just try to be a striker, she’ll try to set up people too.”

South won’t play another district game until it travels to North Oldham on Sept. 30.

OC (6-3, 0-1) last defeated South two years ago, where it won three times against the Lady Dragons on its way to the state quarterfinals.

OC only got off two shots in the second half until the final minutes when Sabryn Kapp attempted a free kick with 8:30 to play. Goal keeper Rachel Lowrey jumped up and got a hand on the ball, which carried over the net. Kapp got the Lady Colonel’s only other shot the rest of the half, which coached Dan Shulz said was played “about as poor as we could play.”

“We played a defensive second half and not as a team and didn’t attack the goal,” Shulz said. “We were pretty much playing to keep them away. You can’t win when you do that…Credit South for taking us out of our game.”

Oliveros said the biggest emphasis during the week between games was possession, something South struggled with in its last loss to Boyle County. When stopping an offense that averages three goals per game the best defense, Burke said, is not allowing opposing chances.

“Sometimes our best defense is offense,” Burke said. “If we control the ball, we control the score. I think we did possess the ball a little better tonight than we have in other games. That helps us because we’re not a team that can send the ball forward and score goals, we just don’t have that kind of speed. I think if we settle down and play possession, we can control the game a little better and that’s what we did tonight.”

NEXT UP

Saturday, Sept. 12 — Oldham County vs. Madison Central at Rowan County (RC) Classic, 2:15 p.m.

       Oldham County vs. Rowan County at RC Classic, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12 — South Oldham at George Rogers Clark, 7:30 p.m.