By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
STANFORD—The busiest person in Lincoln County Tuesday night ran the ice machine at the concession stand. It wasn’t just the hot August weather. It seemed every few minutes another bag of ice was being brought to the field for a bruised or bleeding player.
“We have to find some fight. We got pushed around. We got beat up and we didn’t fight back,” North Laurel coach Becki Woodworth said. “It was a physical game, but it was not an overly physical game.”
The result was a 10-0 Lincoln County win to keep the Lady Patriots unbeaten. Rachel Spangler scored six of the Lady Patriots goals.
“We just let them do whatever they wanted to do the entire game. We never said that is enough,” Woodworth said.
The first goal came nine minutes into the game on a corner kick that led to a Macy Kaiser header.
“We made mistakes. We lost our marks. We got pushed off the ball, miscommunication. They scored off of two corners and that can’t happen,” Woodworth said.
The second goal came two minutes later on a penalty kick by Spangler after a hand ball in the box. It took just two minutes for Spangler to score again. This time the defense was in position, but Spangler was determined. Lincoln County led 4-0 at halftime. With 35:45 to play, the lead grew to 6-0.
“I can show them how to keep their mark. I can show them how to be in position on their mark, but until they decide they have had enough I can’t do anything about that,” Woodworth said. “We have to work on intensity.”
North Laurel did get some good looks at the goal, but again Lincoln County was more determined on that side of the ball as well.
“We had some good offensive looks, but none of our shots got past the keeper because their defense played very active and denied all of our shots,” Woodworth said.
North Laurel was coming off an 8-1 loss to Boone County. Mollie Dotson scored the only goal for the Lady Jaguars on a through ball from Samantha Helton. Woodworth said the first loss developed much like the second.
“Same story, but Boone County was better than (Lincoln County),” Woodworth said. “We did better marking tonight than we did against Boone.”
North Laurel was scheduled to travel to Southwestern Thursday. The Lady Warriors only loss was to South Laurel. The Lady Jaguars next home game will be Tuesday against Hazard.