Western Hills High School girls’ soccer team “woke up” after a sluggish first half Wednesday night at Sower Soccer Field at Capitol View Park.
The sudden alarm clock allowed the Lady Wolverines (2-0) to win their second game of the Rotary Capital City Classic 2-0 over Frankfort High (0-2).
“As a team, collectively, we were expecting more of a lead,” WHHS head coach Alisha Wildermuth said. “It surprised the girls and woke them up in the second half.
“They were sluggish. They weren’t doing the things I know they are capable of doing.”
The team opened its season with a 10-0 win over Owen County (0-2) on Monday.
Six minutes into the game, WHHS’ Hayley Greenwell sent the ball into the back of the net giving the Lady Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
With multiple attempted goals, Frankfort’s Maya Burke saved each.
Lady Panthers head coach Adam Saunderson said Burke kept the game very in reach for Frankfort to score at any moment.
“Maya Burke did an excellent job,” Saunderson said. “She had just as many saves in this game as she ever has. She is just oozing confidence. She was just on form tonight. She was a great outfielder, but nights like tonight, you just can’t see her playing anywhere else but goalkeeper.”
After halftime, Wildermuth saw the attitude change for her team when Maria Conway connected with a goal with 18:09 on the clock, making the score 2-0.
Wildermuth said her team is very in shape because of the conditioning they did this summer. On the other side, Lady Panthers’ coach Saunderson said in the second half he saw his girls tire quickly.
“We need to condition more,” he said. “In the second half, they ran out of steam.”
Time expired with WHHS holding a 2-0 lead. Play will begin again on Saturday at Sower Field, with the Lady Wolverines taking on Franklin County High School at 8 p.m. Frankfort will face Owen County at 6 p.m.
Wildermuth said the game against FCHS will be a challenge.
“Saturday is going to be a tough game on for us,” she said. “I think we can definitely do it, but we’ll have to be there mentally as well as physically.”