Last year's Woodford County Invitational boys soccer tournament trophy for will have company in the Western Hills display case as the Wolverines withstood the Woodford County Yellow Jackets in a shootout Saturday night to defend their title.
Western Hills went into the game with early week wins over 22nd- ranked Bourbon County and a shootout win over Scott County. The 14th-ranked Jackets also beat Bourbon County, but lost to Scott County in a shootout.
Regulation play ended Saturday night 0-0 as the defenses of both teams denied any scores.
The two goalkeepers, Jackets' Jordan Dale and Hills' Aaron Lawrence, played major roles in their team's defensive efforts during play and in the shootout.
In the shootout, Dale made saves on Hills' second and fifth shooters. Woodford shot wide with two of its shots. Lawrence stopped Woodford County's sixth shooter, setting up Zach Salchli's attempt.
Salchli was the only Wolverine to have his shot saved in the Scott County shootout, but this time buried the ball in the side netting to give Hills the tournament win.
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