UHA keeper MacKenzie Young gave up a tough goal early in the first half but her play in goal during the second half very well made up for that.
Young successfully kept the Lady Blazers in the fight with a handful of huge saves throughout the second 40 minutes. However, her performance fell just short as UHA fell 2-1 to Murray on Monday night in the All “A” Classic sectional round at Givens Field.
Lady Blazers’ head coach Michael Parker said although it ended in defeat, he thought Younjg did everything in her power to keep her team level with the Lady Tigers.
“We go through spells where MacKenzie doesn’t have much to do but when she has to make a save, time and time again, she makes the save,” he said. “The PK save was huge. That would’ve been a huge momentum swing had they scored. For her to step up and make the save was fantastic. Then she turned around and made another big save on a corner. MacKenzie has done that for us for the last two years. She steps up and makes big saves.”
UHA got on the board first as Addi Fourqurean bounced a corner kick off of a Murray player to put the Lady Blazers up early on.
The Lady Tigers got a much-needed response later in the first half with a goal from Kyra Jones.
Jones wasn’t done there for Murray. With the clock winding down in the game, Jones found the ball on her foot, turned around and fired the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal to take the lead and ultimately the win.
“The first half it was like we were a little bit nervous,” Parker said. “We were tight, we didn’t value possession in the ball. But we got the goal, we had another chance when we hit the post and we kept Murray pretty quiet. The goal we gave up was just a bizarre goal — it was one we wouldn’t normally give up. I thought to myself, ‘We haven’t played well and it’s tied 1-1, I think we’re in good shape.’ It is what it is.”
While Parker wishes the result was different on Monday night, he is aware there are bigger games ahead for the Lady Blazers.
“Losing tonight is obviously disappointing... but we’ve got bigger games ahead,” Parker said. “Henderson on Thursday night is a big regional game… and then we’ve got Hopkinsville at the Stadium on Saturday — a big district game. … We’ve got bigger games coming up and if we take care of business, it will mean more near the end of the season.”
UHA will return to action on Thursday night, traveling to face Henderson County.