Soccer girls pick up victories

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights varsity soccer team had a great week, winning both of their games, Saturday at home against Ft. Knox on Senior Day, and on Tuesday of last week on the road against Taylor County.
Last Saturday on Senior Day, the Lady Knights hosted Ft. Knox. Marion County jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first half, with three goals coming from Noel Obata, two goals from Colleen Rakes, and one goal Anne Claire Thomas. Ft. Knox was able to score one goal before the senior halftime festivities, with the Lady Knights leading 5-1 at the midway point. Neither team was able to find the goal in the second half, and the Lady Knights went on to the 6-1 victory.
“I told the girls before the game to try to have the outcome decided by the half for our seniors, and they did,” Head Coach Hart Hagan said. “Maybe that will get the monkey off our backs.”
Coach Hagan went on to say that he hoped that the excitement from the 6-1 victory would spill over into the postseason. Ann Thomas Daugherty tallied three assists on the day while Abigail Hagan and Marissa McCormick played well, especially on defense, according to Coach Hagan.
On Tuesday of last week, the Lady Knights went on the road to compete against Taylor County, a district game that decided fifth and sixth place in the district. Marion County was able to defeat Taylor County by a final score of 1-0, with Noel Obata scoring the only goal of the game.
In one of Noel Obata’s first games back, she played very well, Coach Hagan said.
“Noel is back into good game shape and looked very strong,” he said. “With a healthy Noel it’s like having a good quarterback that can run the offense.  She’s a complete player.”
Claire Hagan had a great game in goal, and held the Lady Cardinals scoreless.  Emily Fenwick has stepped in and played a solid midfield, according to Coach Hagan.
“Usually if you play well in the middle, you can somewhat control the game,” he said.
The Lady Knights have two regular season games left before beginning postseason play. On Monday, the team hosted Bardstown, a very tough team. Results of this game were unknown as of press time. Tomorrow the Lady Knights will travel to Somerset to compete in the regular season finale.
At the district meeting, Marion County was slotted to play Garrard County in the first round of district play on Monday night at Boyle County as the No. 5 seed in the district.
“We are feeling pretty good about where we are now,” Coach Hagan said. “With the difficult season we’ve had, it’s good to go on a mini-run. The girls now believe they can compete.”