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The Marion County Lady Knights soccer team went on the road to play Hart County Thursday night. After falling short in their first five games, the Lady Knights finally broke into the win column in this important district game. Marion County came out strong early and left with an impressive 5-0 win.
After being down to just two subs due to some injuries in the junior varsity game, the team scored in the fourth minute. Miranda Bradshaw broke through the defense and scored her first goal of the season to give the Lady Knights the early 1-0 lead. Head Coach Devin Johnson commented on the team's play after scoring the early goal.
"Instead of sitting back like we do in most games after scoring early, we kicked into another gear - a gear I haven't seen before," he said.
Bradshaw would score again in the 20th minute on an assist by Lindsey Browning. Goalkeeper Abby Turner made some key saves to keep Hart County off the board and Colleen Rakes punched in a goal to extend the halftime margin to 3-0 for the Lady Knights.
In the second half, Marion County kept up their pace from the first half. Only five minutes in, Noel Obata scored for the team to push the lead to 4-0. A second late goal by Obata would cap off the 5-0 district win.
Coach Johnson commented on the play of goal keeper Abby Turner.
"Turner recorded her first shutout of the season, and the first of many in her very young career," he said. "She finished the game with 15 saves. She has only been playing in the goal for about two months now, and she has improved tremendously and continues to get better and better every single day."
Marion County's junior varsity team also was in action against Hart County. In only their second game of the season, the team played to a 3-3 draw. Noel Obata scored a pair of goals in the first half, in the 19th and 26th minutes, and the team took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
The junior varsity team started slow in the second half according to Coach Johnson and allowed Hart County to get back in the game. Obata completed the hat trick by connecting on her third goal of the game in the 35th minute of the second half. After removing several of his varsity players from the game, Coach Johnson noted that Hart County was able to come back and tie the score at three to end the game.
The Lady Knights looked to ride the momentum of their first win last night as they traveled to Boyle County. Results of that game were unavailable as of press time.