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Lady Knights in search of first win

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights soccer team has played three games this season, and is still in search of their first win. The team has lost a pair of 7-4 decisions and had a tough outing in a 7-0 defeat.
First year, Head Coach Devin Spalding knows that his team has potential, but is still in search of finding that right combination to collect a win.
After coming off an impressive 8-1 victory in their final preseason game against Whitley County, the Lady Knights were ready to open up regular season play against Berea on Monday of last week.
The team was able to score a goal within the first 10 minutes, and seemed to be riding some momentum from the large preseason victory.
"With a 1-0 lead early we got a little too comfortable and started playing lackluster defense," Johnson said. "As a result of that the wheels fell off in the first half finishing 5-1 with Berea ahead."
After a spirited halftime talk, the team came out and responded well.
"We attacked early and often with numerous shots on goal," Johnson said. "The majority of the second half was back and forth action."  
However, Berea pushed their lead to 7-1 with about 20 minutes left.
"Noel Obata netted three goals in quick succession and all of the sudden it was a 7-4 ballgame with us attacking and getting shot after shot," Johnson said.
Even with the rally, the Lady Knights ran out of time and fell short in the game by a final score of 7-4.
"Overall, I was pleased with the second half performance, but would love to see that effort from the very first whistle instead of waiting until waiting until halftime to show up and play," he said.
Wednesday, the team played their home opener against Anderson County. According to Coach Johnson, the team came out absolutely ready to play from the beginning and every single player was giving it their all, not backing down from anything, being aggressive, and working together.
He also noted that the team was playing absolutely great soccer against by far the best team they have played thus far.
The Lady Knights managed a 0-0 tie at the halftime break. However, coming out in the second half, Marion County let the game slip away.
"The second half was a completely different story," Johnson. "I'm honestly not even sure what really happened. It was almost like I sent out a completely different team. Nobody looked like they wanted to play, or even be there for that matter."
Anderson County's constant attacks were too much for Marion County to handle.  
To make matters worse, Noel Obata went down with an ankle injury in the 60th minute, and the game deteriorated even more from there. Anderson County would score seven unanswered goals in the second half to take the 7-0 win.
On Saturday as part of a girl/boy doubleheader, the Lady Knights headed to Fort Knox. Johnson commented that his team got the wakeup call they needed with an early Fort Knox goal in the 10 a.m. game.
"We responded well to that early goal, and it was pretty even for the next 20 minutes until a very lengthy delay as a Fort Knox defender was taken off in an ambulance in the 20th minute," Johnson said.
The Lady Knights would end up trailing 5-2 at the halftime break.
Coming out of the break, Colleen Rakes scored early for the Lady Knights to cut the lead to two goals.
After having several opportunities to score, Marion County still trailed 5-3 halfway through the second half when Fort Knox scored once again.
A late penalty on Fort Knox allowed the Lady Knights to once again cut the lead to two goals, but they could get no closer. Fort Knox added the final touches just before the final buzzer to end the game with a final score of 7-4.
On Monday, the team hosted Lincoln County but results were unavailable as of press time. Tomorrow, the Lady Knights will travel to Bullitt East.