Mouser's hat trick helps Lady Hawks improve record

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Lady Hawks defeat Garrard County

By Charles Holloway

September has been kind to the LaRue County High School soccer teams, albeit the boys have only played one game. Neither the boys or the girls have lost a game this month.

The Lady Hawks have provided exciting games and are entertaining to watch.

On Sept. 1, the Lady Hawks hosted the Lady Trojans from Barren County, battling them to a 3-3 tie. The visitors dominated early and pounced to a 2-0 lead after the first five minutes of the match. The offense struggled until the final three minutes of the first half when freshman Peyton Gardner drove a deep pass to fellow freshman Shelbi Brooks, who stroked the ball into the corner of the net.

The Lady Hawks continued to hammer the defense until senior Shelby Mouser received a pass from freshman Abby Modrowski and knocked the ball past a diving keeper to tie up the score. Finally, junior Megan Smith made an individual effort by intercepting the goal kick by the defense and stunned the keeper by Smith’s quick reaction. So quick were Smith’s feet that the keeper stood still and could only watch the ball roll past.

JV ends with tie

The junior varsity was equally successful, ending with a 1-1 tie.

The opponents opened the scoring with a score from a penalty kick in the third minute of the match. Midfield play dominated the game as neither team could muster any continual attack. In the second half, freshman Peyton Gardner netted her first goal on an assist from Abby Gardner to tie the score. The defensive wall of freshmen Marissa Crosswhite, Kelsey Rutledge, Sydney Price, eighth-graders Harley Keller and Jacilyn Hazelwood and seventh-grader Carly Higdon kept the attackers from ruining the moment and preserving the draw.

Garrard whipped

Next up was a long trip to Garrard County and the Lady Lions on Labor Day. Mouser mustered all her skills and recorded a hat trick (three goals). Her three scores were the finishing touches from three freshmen – Brooks, Modrowski and Price. Brooks scored at the 27th minute after the Lady Lions scored first. 

Brooks scored on a crossing pass from Modrowski with a determined effort to deflect the ball over and through the outstretched keeper’s hands at the 60th minute. Seven minutes later, Price knocked a long downfield clearing pass to Brooks, who juked two defenders and tapped the ball into the corner.

The defense made a determined stand, but it was the strength and perseverance of senior Justine Scroggins that ensured this victory by challenging all attackers. The Lady Hawks outshot the Lady Lions nine to five and won the match 3-2.

Washington washed up

Next up was a visit to Washington County and playing on the textured grass at St. Catherine College. The Lady Hawks were prepared and opened the scoring with two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match.

Smith netted the first score 12 minutes in with the assist to junior Mariah Higdon. September has seen a more-determined and hustling Higdon as she has inspired her teammates to step up and improve their play on the field. Three minutes lapsed and Smith assisted the ball to Brooks, who drilled the ball past a diving keeper.

Substitutions were frequent and this allowed the younger players long playing time in a close match.

Sophomore Kasey Wells earned her third shutout of the season and Mouser preserved the victory. Mouser reluctantly, but humbly, remained on defense and allowed her teammates a chance to score.