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Lady Knights go toe-to-toe with Bethlehem

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School girls soccer team ended their regular season against Somerset (12-5) with a 2-0 loss on Friday.

"I think they were anticipating a much bigger win than what they got," girls soccer Head Coach Neil Payne said. "Our girls were saying they were underestimating us. I told them that we were underestimating us, that we don't want to believe we're as good as we really are. We're better by leaps and bounds from Central Hardin scrimmage. We look a lot better now than we did two weeks ago."

Thursday night the Lady Knights fell 3-0 to Bullitt East (13-4) in a game that was scheduled at the last minute.

"I scheduled the game because we had so many games that were cancelled. Looking back it may not have been a good decision," Payne said. "Because of all the rain there were poor playing conditions and Bullitt East has no lights. With a 6 p.m. start time it became dangerous towards the end of the game. Makayla Epps got hurt. In hindsight it probably wasn't a very good coaching decision. I should have let it be but I was trying to prepare for the district tournament," Payne said.

Payne said Epps would be ready to play Monday against Taylor County in the district tournament after suffering tendonitis in her knee after a collision with the Bullitt East goalkeeper.

The Lady Knights kicked off the week on Wednesday with a thrilling 4-2 loss against Bethlehem High School (12-4).

"It was a very exciting game," Payne said. "I'm sure they did all their research and talked to all our mutual opponents. We appear on paper that we're not very good. Bethlehem in the past has had the potential of being a very ugly game. I just did not want our senior night to end as poorly as I thought it could of."

Marion County tied the game twice in the first half at 1-1 and 2-2 on goals by Makayla Epps. No Bethlehem defender could match her speed. Her success, however, drew more defensive attention to her and slowed down her attack in the second half.

Marion County played Taylor County on Monday night at Danville High School in the first round of the 29th District tournament. If they won, they played Boyle County on Tuesday night at Admiral Stadium. The district finals are Wednesday night at 6:30 at Admiral Stadium.