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The Marion County Lady Knights soccer team played Boyle County, the host of the district tournament, in the second round Oct. 11. They couldn't get on the scoreboard, losing the game 10-0 due to the mercy rule. They reached the second round after beating Garrard County, 2-0, on Oct. 10.
In the Boyle County game, the Lady Knights were outmatched.
"We ran into a buzzsaw," Lady Knights Coach Hart Hagan said. "There wasn't much we could have done to compete and win that game. Boyle County was stronger, faster, and more athletic at every position."
Marion County hoped to hang around in the game and frustrate the Lady Rebels, but could not do so.
"When Boyle County stepped onto the field against us, they were probably the best high school girls soccer team I have ever seen," Hagan said. "It was a tough way to end a tough season, and Boyle County is a serious contender for the state title."
The Lady Knights team took on Garrard County in the opening round of the district tournament at Boyle County High School. They scored two goals in the game, one coming from Lindsey Browning and the other from Noel Obata, and won by a final score of 2-0.
"We came out focused and ready," Hagan said. "We didn't play extremely well, but a victory is a victory at this point in the year."
Overall, the Lady Knights played well, and Hagan said that there were several players who had a solid game.
Marion County finished with a record of 4-11-2.
"Coming into the season, I had to play some girls at different positions than they were normally accustomed to," Hagan said. "By the time we got our normal rotation back, the accident with the Obata sisters happened, and set us back again."
She noted that the team was mentally drained from the difficulties they faced, but didn't give up.
With the addition of some mid-season players, the team started to look better, according to Coach Hagan.
"Once Noel Obata re-turned, the atmosphere got better," he said. "Colleen Rakes, Coco May, Emily Fenwick, and Miranda Bradshaw really helped bridge the team through a very difficult time."
During the last two or three weeks of the season, the team came together," Hagan said.
"I commend the girls for not giving up," he said.