Lady Knights enter post season play

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County girls' soccer team suffered a 6-0 loss to Bardstown Thursday to gear up for the district tournament.

Bardstown is a powerhouse, something the Lady Knights will likely face if they advance past the first round of the district tournament.

"They're probably right up there with Boyle County," Head Coach Hart Hagan said. "They would win three or four games if they played Boyle 10 times. They're the same skill level as Boyle. I figured it would be pretty tough going in. It was their senior night so that was added incentive."

Though they lost 6-0, the loss could help the Lady Knights in the long run.

"If we're able to get past the first round it really emphasized the areas we need to stress the last few practices heading into the week," Hagan said.

Monday of last week the Lady Knights fell 3-1 to Spencer County on their own senior night.

"Towards the end of the season, we've played three straight teams who were record wise at the top of their region," Hagan said. "Spencer had a very strong season. They were pretty quick, not really big. Their quickness got us."

The Lady Knights trailed 1-1 at the half after a beautiful rebound and cross from Christine Mattingly.

"For us to have any chance of progressing into the bracket, we're really going to need her to take some of those longer shots because she has a strong leg and good placement," Hagan said. "She has ability to test keepers from 25 to 30 yards out. We have to do that to mount any kind of run the last part of the season."

Spencer County netted two goals in the second half to spoil the Lady Knights senior night.

The Lady Knights faced Taylor County Monday at Garrard County. Results were unknown at press time.

"I expect us to come out and have the game in hand," Hagan said. "I expect us to control the game and actually put some of these opportunities into the back of the net. Hopefully, we have the game in hand where there is really not much question. I don't want to go into last 10 minutes wondering how it's going to end."

The last time the teams played it ended in a 0-0 tie.

"We played 75 minutes of offense and had a couple come off the cross bar and several near misses," Hagan said. "It was a game that should have been won. I expect us to take care of business this time."

If the Lady Knights won, they faced number one seed Boyle County Tuesday at Garrard County. Results were unknown at press time.