FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The 8th District girls’ soccer tournament kicked off Monday at Fryar Stadium with two semifinal matchups. Two things were on the line for all four teams. Pride and a trip to the 2nd Region tournament.
Fort Campbell and University Heights Academy took the field first, as the Lady Falcons looked to capture their first district win of the year in upset fashion.
It would be the Lady Blazers who would come out of the match unscathed, shutting out Fort Campbell 7-0 and taking its fourth consecutive trip to the 8th District title match.
University Heights Academy girls’ soccer coach Michael Parker analyzed the reasoning behind the Lady Blazers’ recent sustained postseason success.
“I guess I got good players,” Parker said. “Every year we graduate a few seniors and then we bring in freshmen. We demand that they do their best so that they can push for a starting spot and that keeps everybody honest.”
With 20 minutes remaining in the first half of play, Grace Pape connected on a corner kick to put the Lady Blazers on the board. Just two minutes later, Lilly Strader scored, giving UHA a two-goal advantage. Parker said it took a little while, but he eventually loved what he saw out of his group.
“I thought we played really well,” Parker said. “We were getting a lot of chances early on, but just couldn’t score. Once we got one on the board I think it took the pressure off a little bit and then we were able to relax a little more and the goals came. You can’t assume anything even as the one seed, but I thought we deserved to win.”
When it comes to a preferred outcome of the second semifinal match, Parker said it didn’t matter to him who his team would eventually play in the championship.
“I hope they just play good and hard against each other,” Parker said. “We’ll face whoever comes out victorious tonight. We need to focus on what we can do and if we do that, then I’ll be happy regardless of who we play in the next game.”
UHA held Fort Campbell without a single shot on goal in the contest.
Strader scored a team-high four goals. Pape recorded two scores of her own with Alex Juckett adding one for the Lady Blazers.
Kate Cansler and Maddie Bennett had one assist each for UHA.
Fort Campbell finishes the season at (5-9-1, 0-4).