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Lady Knights net a win

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School girls' soccer team came away with a win Saturday, breaking a scoreless and winless stretch.  Freshman Lindsey Browning netted her third goal of the season against Wayne County at Elmer J. George Field Saturday.  The win moves the Lady Knights record to 2-8-3. Browning's goal broke a four game stretch in which the Lady Knights struggled to find the back of the net.  "(Wayne County) didn't really press much offensively," Lady Knights Head Coach Hart Hagan said. "They had beaten Taylor County earlier in the year and we tied them. I was expecting them to come in and be stronger. (Goalkeeper) Claire (Hagan) didn't touch the ball once."  The Lady Knights fell 1-0 to district opponent Danville Tuesday of last week at home. Marion County netted a goal on a corner kick but it was wiped off the scoreboard after an off sides call early in the game.  "That was the worst thing that could have happened to us," Hagan said. "That's the third or fourth goal called back on us this season. When the goals don't come when you want them to then when it's called back it has a huge effect."  Danville scored in the 32nd minute on a header from a corner kick for the game's only goal.  Hagan singled out a few players' efforts for the week. "Christine (Mattingly) and Annaliece (Mattingly) have been playing an excellent mid-game together. They are really demonstrating leadership through their play and are allowing us to be effective because of their steady play in the middle," he said. "Defensively, the defensive unit, if you look at our last five or six games, had several shut outs and maybe only gave up five or six goals. Lindsey Browning is really turning into a very strong offensive weapon. Ann Thomas Daugherty has been dealing with a bruise on her ankle. It's bruised to the bone. She's still going at it 110 percent. It helps set a good example that sometimes you have to play through pain and give it your all. It shows our team that you have to rise above it mentally and push through it." The Lady Knights faced Mercer County Monday night at home. Results were unknown at press time. They travel to Garrard County Thursday. Game time is set for 6 p.m.