Western Hills puts experience to good use against Owen

By LINDA YOUNKIN/lyounkin@state-journal.com Published:

Western Hills’ girls soccer team has a slew of juniors and seniors, and that experience showed in the Rotary Capital City Classic Monday.

The Lady Wolverines opened their season with a 10-0 win over Owen County in the tournament at Sower Soccer Field. The game was stopped at 4:42 after WHHS scored its 10th goal.

“It’s really nice to have six seniors this year to lead us off on the right note,” WHHS coach Alisha Wildermuth said, “and we have a lot of juniors coming up for next year and that’s a good way to start that season as well.”

Western Hills wasted little time scoring Monday, with Carson Cline connecting on a shot just 2½ minutes into the match.

Harper Jones scored just over three minutes later, at the 33:03 mark, and added another goal with 24:17 left in the first half.

The Lady Wolverines led 3-0 at halftime.

They picked up where they left off to start the second half, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes on a goal by Jones and two from Maria Conway.

The WHHS offense got past Owen County’s defense numerous times in the second half, leaving the Lady Rebels vulnerable to Western Hills’ attack.

“We’ve been working really hard on crossing and being where we need to be on offense,” Wildermuth said, “and it really showed tonight.”

A goal from Hayley Greenwell put WHHS ahead 7-0 with 17:27 left in the game. Cline picked up her second goal about five minutes later, and Greenwell scored again with 10:41 remaining.

Jones’ fourth and final goal came with 4:42 left in the match, making the final score 10-0.

Wildermuth went to her bench often, substituting frequently throughout the match.

“I got to play a lot of our younger girls,” she said, “and I was glad to see them get to play and see them thrive in that atmosphere at the varsity level.”

For the game Jones scored four goals and Cline, Conway and Greenwell each scored two goals.

Kat Embry was WHHS’ starting goalkeeper, and MacKenzie Jones was in goal the second half.

Owen’s starting keeper, Autumn Gover, left the game in the first half with a bloody nose, and Hunter Sutton was in goal for the Lady Rebels the rest of the way.

Both teams play Wednesday as the tournament continues. WHHS takes on Frankfort High at 6 p.m., followed by Owen County versus Franklin County at 8.

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