University Heights Academy and Trigg County were both in action Tuesday night during the girl's Second Region Tournament at the Stadium of Champions with the Lady Blazers advancing to today's semifinals.
Lady Blazersadvance with 5-1win over Webster
It may not have happened as cleanly as UHA Head Coach Michael Parker would have liked, but his team got the job done.
Grace Pape tallied a hat trick and Ashlyn Parker added two as the Lady Blazers defeated the Webster County Lady Trojans 5-1.
Parker said his team did a lot of things right but just didn't see the ball go into the back of the net as much as it liked.
"A lot of things we wanted to do we did do," Parker said. "We wanted the ball, we controlled the game and we created a lot of chances. But we just took a ton of chances. I don't know how many shots we had -- there had to be 20-something -- a lot of good shots. But you can't take 20-something and only score five. (Tonight) we may only get three or four (chances). We've got to be ready to step in and take those chances. It's frustrating just because we had so much of the game, but at the end of the day you win 5-1. Nobody gets injured and we get to fight another."
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The Lady Blazers looked like they were going to walk away early as Pape scored from 25 yards out to give them a 1-0 lead in the first 45 seconds of play.
Webster County responded in the 10th minute thanks to a goal from Abbie Michalek as the Trojans made it more difficult for UHA to get many quality chances.
Parker tallied her first goal to give the Lady Blazers the lead back in the 21st and Pape got her second five minutes later to make it 3-1 at the break.
Both Pape and Parker recorded one more goal in the second half to put the game away.
Parker said Webster made it difficult to get the ball in a threatening position in the middle of the field, forcing them out to the wings a lot in the night.
"We need to make that earlier pass, we need to make a quick pass one-touch early and keep the defense moving around," Parker said. "We got kind of predictable there and they just kept packing in more and more and it just got more and more difficult. We've got to start bringing the ball through the middle."
UHA will face Madisonville-North Hopkins in the semifinals tonight. Parker said his team's chances will be minimal against the Lady Maroons and they have to take advantage.
"We'll have to keep continuing to win the ball and we have to finish our chances," he said. "The effort was good. The winning of the ball was good. We've just got to take our chances. We can't miss as many as we did (Tuesday night) -- that was just crazy."
Madisonville shuts out Trigg County
The Madisonville-North Hopkins Lady Maroons gave their starters much-needed rest on Tuesday night as they defeated Trigg County 6-0 in the Second Region quarterfinals at the Stadium of Champions.
All six goals scored by Madisonville came in the first half, as Camryn LaGrange scored two goals, getting even closer to 100 career goals (97). Kensley Zieba tallied two and Emma Peyton and Kylee Coyle each scored a goal to give the Lady Maroons a 6-0 lead at the half.
From there, Madisonville rested some of its starters ahead of tonight's quarterfinal matchup.
For the Lady Wildcats, their season comes to a close as they finish with an 8-12 record. They will have a lot returning next season as only two seniors are graduating from their roster.