Playing the state's third-ranked team is tough enough, but playing it without arguably your best player can't make it any easier.
That was the case Saturday afternoon at Sower Soccer Field when Western Hills took on No. 3 Rowan County without star defensive player Matt Vossmer.
Thanks to a penalty kick, the Vikings pulled out a 1-0 win to remain undefeated on the season at 13-0-1.
"At first I think we were a little nervous having to play the No. 3 team without Matt, but after play started and we saw them for awhile, it was like playing any other team," Wes Thurmond said.
Vossmer, a senior, was red-carded with 40 seconds remaining in Thursday's 0-0 tie to George Rogers Clark. Vossmer was handed a three-game suspension, meaning he had to sit out Saturday and will miss next week's district tournament.
"I told the players we've had to play without players before and we'd just have to have others step up," WHHS coach Gary Rue said.
But Rue indicated it wasn't the defense he was worried about.
"Today our nemesis was our inability to score," Rue said. "Most of the time when that's been the case, the problem has come from creating not so much as finishing.
"There's so much involved, that's why scoring is so tough," Rue added. "Some teams have players that can break down a defense and score but our team requires teamwork and precision to score."
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