Oct. 24, 2012 —
“I have to give credit to Ashland,” Fritz said. “Even when we went up 1-0, they kept fighting, and kept scratching, and happened to pick up a foul on us. It’s unfortunate, but that’s something you just have to deal with in the game of soccer.”
Two overtime periods resulted in a stalemate, meaning the Lady Raiders were once again forced to enter a shootout.
Blazer switched Young back to her old forte, in which she gave a solid performance at goalie.
East Carter’s Taylor Burnett missed the first goal wide left, but then Macy Dyer and Amber Hall made the next two for the Lady Raiders. Alexa Sturgill delivered the final shot for East, but saw the kick sail into the hands of Young.
For Ashland, the deal was sealed when Sara Hudson delivered the final blow with deciding kick.
Finishing the season with a 17-2-1 record, Fritz noted how proud he was of his team.
“The ball just didn’t bounce our way today, and it’s a harsh reality that sometimes you just can’t win them all,” Fritz said. “We have really built a strong program here, and hopefully we get back here again next year.”
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