Lady Knights wrap up regular season

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights varsity soccer team wrapped up their regular season last week, playing Bardstown at home on Monday of last week and taking on Somerset on the road Thursday. The Lady Knights lost the Bardstown game 6-1, and tied 1-1 in the game against Somerset.
Marion County was scheduled to play Garrard County in the first round of the district tournament on Monday night at Boyle County, but results were unknown at press time.  
Thursday night, the Marion County Lady Knights varsity soccer team went on the road to play Somerset on their senior night in their last regular season game.  The Lady Knights were able to score 20-25 minutes into the game, taking a 1-0 lead on a Noel Obata goal.
“The Obata goal was set up by a beautiful pass from Claire Hagan,” Head Coach Hart Hagan said.
However, with 15 minutes left in the game, Somerset scored their only goal of the night, tying the score at 1-1. This score would also be the final score of the game.
On Monday of last week, the Marion County Lady Knights varsity soccer team hosted Bardstown, where the Lady Knights could only manage to score one goal, losing the game by a final score of 6-1. Sophomore Colleen Rakes scored the lone goal for the Lady Knights. Bardstown was a very tough opponent for the Lady Knights. Coach Hagan compared Bardstown to Boyle County. Boyle County had defeated Marion County earlier in the season 8-0, but the Lady Knights were able to hold Bardstown scoreless in the second half of their meeting.
Coach Hagan commented on the improvement of the team within the last two weeks.  “We are doing things that we have been practicing, and been playing hard for the full 80 minutes,” Coach Hagan said. “We have had a change in our approach to the game lately, and I think we have moved past all of the issues we had in the middle of the season.”
Lauren Brussell, Coco May, Abigail Hagan, and Marissa McCormick have really improved as a defensive unit, according to Coach Hagan. He also pointed out that Emily Fenwick has proven to be a stabilizing player in the midfield.
“She really picked up on how the position is to be played, and she’s playing intelligently,” Coach Hagan said.
Goal keeper Claire Hagan has become more aggressive and tougher to score on lately while Noel Obata is quickly returning to full form, according to Coach Hagan.