Lady Knights go on the offense

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By Jesse Osbourne

The goal must have seemed bigger for the Lady Knights on Thursday.

The Marion County High School girls soccer team had their highest offensive output of the season against Taylor County at Taylor County High School in their 4-0 win.

The Lady Knights actually netted six goals but two were called back. Christine Mattingly knocked one in over the goalie's head from 40 yards out on a free kick but the referees called it back because the indirect kick never touched another player. Makayla Epps netted one on a break away with Roya Headley but that was called back due to an off sides call.

In the end, Christine Mattingly scored two goals while Epps and Annaliece Mattingly had one apiece.

"I thought this would be a very favorable game for us," Head Coach Neil Payne said. "The offense got rolling and we kept them at bay most of the time. It was a good offense attack. We've been waiting for that all season."

The Lady Knights couldn't get it going two nights later against Danville at Danville. They lost 3-0 against one of the district favorites.

"We knew going in, talking to other coaches, that Kayla Steber was the player that made it all happen," Payne said. "She's not the leading goal scorer or assist leader but she always puts the ball in places it needed to be. We felt if we could slow her down we had a fighter's chance."

Payne sent Headley to be Steber's shadow for most of the first half. He said the first time she left Steber to help a teammate the Danville leader set up the first goal of the game.     

The Lady Ads poured it on in the second half, attacking the Lady Knights defense and skirting two more goals past.

Last Tuesday the Lady Knights fell to Bardstown 6-1 at home.

"We didn't show up," Payne said. "We were not ready to play at all. There are games where it seems like we're not focused. I don't know if that comes from youth. I don't maybe if it's us coming off a game playing decent and becoming complacent."

The Lady Knights stand at 2-6 and host the Marion Cup starting on Thursday.

They face Frankfort on Thursday at 6 p.m. and face either Meade County or Ryle on Saturday.