Before reaching the midway point of the first half Monday, Western Hills’ girls soccer team trailed Woodford County 3-0.
It looked as if it might be a long night for the Lady Wolverines.
Turned out it wasn’t.
Trailing 3-0 at halftime, WHHS scored a goal early in the second half before to pull within 3-1 before Woodford added three second-half goals, two in the final 10 minutes, for a 6-1 victory.
“We talked a lot at the half about intensity,” WHHS coach Alisha Wildermuth said. “We told them they had to choose. It was their choice to pick up the intensity.”
And that’s what the Lady Wolverines did.
Woodford (5-3-2) got two quick goals off headers by Jodi DeJohn in the first half, one coming with 31:43 left in the half and the other at the 27:58 mark.
About 6½ minutes later Kenna Boyd slipped past the WHHS defense to score, putting the Lady Yellowjackets ahead 3-0.
The score stayed 3-0 at halftime.
Western Hills (3-5-2) struck quickly in the second half, cutting Woodford’s lead to 3-1 when Harper Jones connected on a long shot that found the back of the net.
While the Lady Wolverines didn’t score again, they kept the ball on their end of the field more than they did in the first half.
“Before the game we stressed the importance of possessing the ball and not just passing it,” Wildermuth said. “We said that would be our saving grace, if we focused on possessing the ball to get around Woodford.
“I thought in the second half with the exception of a couple of minutes here or there our intensity stayed up for the most part.”
Boyd picked up her second goal of the night with a chip shot that went over the outstretched arms of WHHS goalkeeper MacKenzie Jones, giving Woodford a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Jackets closed out the scoring with two goals in the final 8:16 of the game.
Lindsey Sizemore gave Woodford a 5-1 lead with a shot directly in front of the net, and L.J. Phelps had the last goal on a crossing shot with 6:59 remaining.
MacKenzie Jones was in goal for WHHS for the entire game. Stella Adams started as Woodford’s goalkeeper, and Ramsey Adams came on in the second half and finished the game in goal for WCHS.
Monday’s game was the start of a busy week for the Lady Wolverines, who play at Bryan Station tonight and Sayre Friday.