UHA falls behind early against Calloway

Tyler Dixon | Kentucky New Era

University Heights Academy's Emma Perry (18) and Calloway County's Sunny Clark go for a ball during the Lady Blazers' 3-1 loss Monday at UHA. Grace Pape had the lone Lady Blazer goal.

For the first time since 2014, the University Heights Academy Lady Blazers will start their season with a loss after Calloway County swept through UHA with a 3-1 victory Monday.

It was also the first time in several years that Lilly Strader wasn't on the field for the Blazers as she's now suiting up for Murray State. Strader isn't the only player Michael Parker will miss this season as Kate Cansler is out with a knee injury and it's unclear if she'll play this season.

With Strader's 46 goals and Cansler's 18 goals from last season being a thing of the past, the Lady Blazers will look to Grace Pape as the top returning leading scorer. Pape, along with Ashlyn Parker, Sarah Covington, Piper Hancock and Lainey Burman, are the only returning UHA players to score a goal a season ago.

Of UHA's 100 goals last season, only 25, including 16 by Pape, were scored by players on the field Monday.

With the heat beating down on the pitch Monday evening, both teams were trying to find the right pace but it was Calloway County that got on the board first and kept pushing the pace.

With 23:00 left in the first half, Calloway County's Elle Carson found a lane and scored the first goal of the season for either team.

A few minutes later, Zoe Stom scored to double the Laker lead then she added another goal before the end of the first half to make it 3-0 Calloway County after 40 minutes of play.

Pape ended the Lakers' hope at a shutout as she scored the lone UHA goal in the second half.

UHA will hit the field again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at McCracken County as the Lady Blazers go for their first win of the season. UHA hasn't started a season 0-2 since 2004.

Calloway Co. 3, UHA 1

CCHS (1-0) 3 0 -- 3

UHA (0-1) 0 1 -- 1

CCHS: Stom (2 goals), Carson (goal)

UHA: Pape (goal)

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