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Lady Knights claim victory by one goal

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By Nick Schrager
Enterprise correspondent

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The Marion County Lady Knights defeated the Model Lady Patriots, 3-2, on Sept. 9.
“It was much needed,” Lady Knights Coach Devin Johnson said.
According to Lady Knights senior forward Colleen Rakes, the second win of the Lady Knights season was a morale boost for the team.
“I think it boosted our confidence,” Rakes said.
She sprained her ankle performing a slide tackle during the game but said she would be ready to play the next game.
Lady Knights junior Noel Obata fired off all three goals against the Lady Patriots (3-5-1).
In the first half, both the Lady Knights (2-9) and the Lady Patriots would shoot successful goals, leaving the game tied 1-1 at half-time.
During the second-half of the game, the Lady Patriots would take the lead 2-1, however, a penalty by the Lady Patriots allowed Obata to fire off a penalty kick that tied the score, 2-2.
Obata would take the winning shot with 10 minutes left on the board.
Johnson said after that goal, their defense kicked in.
Later in the week, a game against the North Hardin Trojans was canceled due to bad weather.
On Sept. 14, the Lady Knights fell 1-0 to the LaRue County Lady Hawks (8-1).
“This is the second best team in our district,” Johnson said. “It’s who we beat last year.”
Despite this, however, Johnson remained confident.
“It’s just another game. We’re gonna move on from it and get ready for Monday,” Johnson said.
The physical match against the Lady Hawks got off to a slow start with neither team scoring by halftime.
Obata fired nine shots throughout the game and thought the Lady Hawks played hard.
“Yeah, they were pretty tough,” Obata said.
She thought the Lady Knights’ passed better in the second half but thought the communication and passing could use improvement.
The Lady Hawks would score their only goal in the second half.
Marion County sophomore goalkeeper Abby Turner had 11 saves.

Knights suffer losses to Titans and  Generals
The Marion County Knights won a match against the Hart County Raiders, 1-0, after the Raider forfeited the match to the Knights.
The JV Knights were leading the Raiders’ squad, 3-1, when the game was called due to the weather.
On Sept. 12, the Knights (7-3) lost to the Mercer County Titans in a 5-1 match. The Titans are 6-3-2.
“We played terrible against a very good team the moves the ball well,” Conley said.
On Sept. 13, the Knights also fell to the Thomas Nelson Generals, 3-1. The Generals are 9-1.
Conley said the team was missing players who were at a quinceañera and had to play younger team members during the Thomas Nelson game.
“They are huge deals. Pretty much like a wedding reception,” Conley said.