Two quick goals were the all the spark the Oldham County girls’ soccer team needed as it rolled to a 4-0 win over rival South Oldham to win the 29th District title last night.
The Lady Colonels, ranked No. 8 in the state, scored twice in the opening eight minutes to record their third win over South Oldham this season.
“A very nice start,” Oldham coach Dan Schulz said. “It’s so important to get a jump on them because that’s normally what they do to other teams, and once South does that they are very hard to beat.”
The Lady Colonels’ first goal came just two minutes into the game when Bethany Massey crossed a pass right in front of the South Oldham goal where Shannon Rush was able to head it in for the 1-0 lead. South Oldham tried to answer just a minute later with a strong run that saw Oldham goalie Brittany Moshos block the shot out of bounds.
The Lady Dragons got two more chances immediately thereafter on consecutive corner kicks with the Oldham defense stopping both.
Oldham struck again with 32:23 left in the first half when junior Haley Kemper got free on the right side and nailed a long, looping shot to the left side of the goal from 35 yards out.
Kemper, the tournament MVP who entered the game with 25 goals, credited the Lady Colonels’ defense with freeing the frontline players to take chances on offense.
“We build everything off our defense,” Kemper said. “Our defense is so good and when they come up with big plays like they did tonight it allows us to play well offensively because we know they are behind us.”
The Lady Colonels increased the lead to 3-0 in the second half. With 29:45 left, Shelby Cohen broke free in the middle of the field and hooked a high shot in the net just under the crossbar from about 15 yards out.
“Our possession game was good tonight and has really been getting better lately,” Schulz said. “The girls did a great job of keeping the ball moving to create shot opportunities.
South Oldham continued to pressure the Oldham defense through much of the second half, but Moshos and midfielder Emily Houk were able to rally the Lady Colonels and hold the Lady Dragons scoreless.
“I thought our defense did a really nice job tonight,’ Schulz said. “South had some strong chances tonight but we were able to get people in the right spots.”
Kemper added the final goal from out of a crowd right in front of the South Oldham goal with 16:40 left.
Both teams will advance to next week’s Eighth Region tourney with a good chance they could meet again in the finals Thursday at Oldham.
“Everyone was telling us it’s unlikely you can beat a good team three times in one season and we were nervous coming into the game because we kind of felt like the odds were maybe against us,” Kemper said. “The good thing is we played really well and were able to prove them wrong.”