After cruising to victories in its first two contests, the University Heights Academy Lady Blazers had a bigger challenge in front of them.
UHA opened its home schedule against Ohio County on Monday night and the Lady Eagles spoiled the Lady Blazers’ home debut, winning 5-1.
Both teams went back and forth in the opening 15 minutes of play until Kendra Calloway opened the scoring for Ohio County. Calloway sailed the ball from outside the box into the back of the net to give the Lady Eagles the advantage.
Carly Embry made it 2-0 minutes later, but Grace Pape quickly cut the deficit in half with a strike from about 25 yards out.
However, Pape’s strike would be the only tally of the night, as Ohio County scored three second half goals to take the win in Hopkinsville.
UHA head coach Michael Parker said some of the goals are on his team, but they can’t afford to give goals up to good teams.
“I think Ohio were more ready to play us — they were quicker to the ball, they were stronger on the ball and against good teams like that, they’re going to get a goal or two, you can not give them a goal or two and at least two if not three were all us,” Parker said. “To beat teams like this, you’ve got to be prepared for goals and they’re going to get one or two, we just can’t afford to give them two or three. … They were stronger, more aggressive than us and we’ve got a lot to work on.”
Monday’s contest was a good indicator for Parker and his team. Having rolled to the first two wins of the year, the loss gives him a chance to really find the Lady Blazers’ weak spots and fix them as they go through the year.
“We need to be more aggressive to the ball and we need to get way stronger with the ball,” he said. “We like to put the ball on the ground and pass it and move it. Tonight we just weren’t quick enough at doing that.”
Overall, Parker is hoping the loss brings his team back down to Earth a little bit moving forward.
“I hope that their pride is hurt a little,” Parker said. “I hope that they come into practice next time ready to go and realize that we aren’t as good as we think we are based off last week’s result and get a little more realistic about the effort we’ve got to give to play against the teams we want to beat.”
UHA will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Trigg County.
Ohio County 5, UHA 1
OCHS (2-0-1) 2 3 — 5
UHA (2-1) 1 0 — 1
OCHS: Carly Embry (2 goals), Kendra Calloway (1 goal), Maci Tichenor (1 goal), Emily Goff (1 goal)
UHA: Grace Pape (1 goal)