Western Hills boys soccer coach Gary Rue can't quite put his finger on it.
What he can't figure out is why his team, ranked 10th in the state at the beginning of the season, has dropped its last two games, the second of which came Thursday night.
Unranked Shelby County defeated the Wolverines 2-0 at Sower Soccer Field. WHHS also lost a tough 3-2 contest versus Lexington Christian last Thursday.
"I'm still trying to figure out what it is," Rue said of his team's recent skid. "Something is missing with this team. Whether it's physical or emotional, I don't know.
"We are very, very close to playing at the level I think we should be," Rue added. "But it's still a level short and I'm not sure what it's going to take to get us there."
The loss drops WHHS to 3-2 on the season while the Rockets improve to 2-0-1.
While Rue is still contemplating the missing ingredient from his team, senior keeper Aaron Lawrence felt like he had the answer.
"We're not playing with any heart," Lawrence said. "We didn't want this game until we thought we might lose it. As soon as get our heart back, we'll be a force to be reckoned with."
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