The West Carter girls soccer team suffered a 4-2 setback at the hands of Fleming County on Monday in Olive Hill.
The Lady Comets had trouble from the start with the Lady Panthers scoring two quick goals in the first seven minutes of the game.
Coach Sandra Brown admitted the slow start by her team was the difference.
“It hurt us when they got the jump on us when they scored in the first minute of the game,” Brown said. “It seemed like our girls were hustling but they still weren’t giving it their all and waiting for the ball to come to them.”
West Carter did get a goal back in the 10th minute after Kaylee Johnson was awarded a penalty kick that went into the back of the net on the left side.
Fleming County would add another goal in the first half to take a 3-1 lead. West would get that one back late in the first half on a goal by Tesla Henderson.
“We got the PK and got on the board and I was happy with that,” Brown said. “But we missed a few more opportunities to score. Overall we tried to fight back at the end, but it was too late.”
In the second half, West was not playing very aggressive and that caused another Fleming County goal to score.
“Our girls were just waiting for it to roll to them and some of our passing wasn’t as accurate and that’s what we needed,” Brown said. “(Fleming) was a much more aggressive shooting team than we saw earlier in the season. They have a lot more outside shots.”
West Carter became more aggressive after falling 4-2 in the second half.
“We had a lot of shots but their keeper had an awesome game,” Brown said. “We had plenty of opportunities but to her credit, she stepped up when she needed to.”
West Carter has two more contests before the start of the district tournament next week at Greenup County. Brown is expecting her girls to correct their mistakes between now and next week.
“We’re going to work on that this week,” Brown said. “Hopefully because we’re back in our routine we can correct our mistakes to get ready for the district tournament.”
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