Not many senior classes get to say they never lost in a district tournament. The University Heights Academy Lady Blazers' senior class gets to say just that after Thursday night.

On their own home field, UHA used a big second half and defeated the Christian County Lady Colonels 9-1 to win the program's fifth consecutive Eighth District Championship.

The Lady Blazer seniors go four-for-four in their high school careers, but its primarily special for Kate Cansler.

Cansler missed her junior season due to a knee injury and said to be able to come back and win a district title is a great feeling.

"It was very exciting that I got to come back this year and the district championship was on our home field that just made it more sweet," Cansler said. "To be on the team with the girls and make an impact, it was the b est thing that could ever happen this year."

The Lady Blazers got contribution from a number of people as, seven different players recorded goals in the win.

A big contributor was freshman Audry Grise. Grise stepped in for Grace Pape, who had to come off with a knee injury midway through the first half.

The freshman's impact was evident especially in the second half as she scored two goals and had two assists as well.

Pape said it made her happy knowing Grise was having success while she couldn't be on the field.

"It really meant a lot," Pape said. "Audry is like my best friend and like a little sister to me on the field and off the field. Being in that big sister role and seeing my little sister step up to my play, it was amazing. I was so happy for her when she scored and assisted those goals. It made me happy even though it was sad I couldn't play."

UHA head coach Michael Parker said Grise has really provided big minutes off the bench.

"She's come in and helped up several times this season," he said of Grise. "To come in such an important game -- it was nice to see her get two and make two."

After taking a 2-0 lead into the half, the Lady Blazers exploded for seven goals in the second half, with six different scorers in the second 40 minutes of play.

Parker said the effort from his team couldn't have beem any better.

"The effort was fantastic," he said. "We couldn't have asked for a better start than we got. It's just frustrating that we got two quick goals, we had so many good chances and we couldn't capitalize.

"I told the girls at halftime that we couldn't have played too much better. But we have to start taking chances. I would've never belived that after three or four minutes into the second half that we'd score three more. That there can put us on a good path."

However, the longtime head coach said his team will need try to take advantage of its opportunities better if it wants to make some noise in the Second Region Tournament next week.

"We're going to have to take our chances," Parker said. "Although we ended up with nine tonight, we ended up with two in the first half after having 12 or 13 good chances. We have to take that extra second and take that extra touch to look at where the goalie is and put the ball in the corner. If we can take our chances, we'll have a shot next week."

For the Lady Colonels and head coach Hannah Ambrose, they just need to be better when their backs are against the wall.

"I was just telling them to not give up when one or two goals get scored on us," Ambrose said. "We have a hard time with being done after they get one or two."

Ambrose said despite falling in the championship, getting to this point sends a message about Christian County girl's soccer.

"I think it reflects that these girls can hold their own and we're a team to just to be played against and taken seriously."

The Lady Colonels and Lady Blazers will find out their opponents in the Second Region Tournament at the draw Friday morning.

UHA 9, Christian County 1

UHA 2 7 -- 9

CCHS 0 1 -- 1

UHA: Cansler (2 goals), Grise (2 goals), Covington (1 goal), Bennett (1 goal), Fourqurean (1 goal), Perry (1 goal), Lindsey (1 goal)

CCHS: Lander (1 goal)

Not many senior classes get to say they never lost in a district tournament. The University Heights Academy Lady Blazers’ senior class gets to say just that after Thursday night.

On their own home field, UHA used a big second half and defeated the Christian County Lady Colonels 9-1 to win the program’s fifth consecutive Eighth District Championship.

The Lady Blazer seniors go four-for-four in their high school careers, but its primarily special for Kate Cansler.

Cansler missed her junior season due to a knee injury and said to be able to come back and win a district title is a great feeling.

“It was very exciting that I got to come back this year and the district championship was on our home field that just made it more sweet,” Cansler said. “To be on the team with the girls and make an impact, it was the b est thing that could ever happen this year.”

The Lady Blazers got contribution from a number of people as, seven different players recorded goals in the win.

A big contributor was freshman Audry Grise. Grise stepped in for Grace Pape, who had to come off with a knee injury midway through the first half.

The freshman’s impact was evident especially in the second half as she scored two goals and had two assists as well.

Pape said it made her happy knowing Grise was having success while she couldn’t be on the field.

“It really meant a lot,” Pape said. “Audry is like my best friend and like a little sister to me on the field and off the field. Being in that big sister role and seeing my little sister step up to my play, it was amazing. I was so happy for her when she scored and assisted those goals. It made me happy even though it was sad I couldn’t play.”

UHA head coach Michael Parker said

“She’s come in and helped up several times this season,” he said of Grise. “To come in such an important game — it was nice to see her get two and make two.”

After taking a 2-0 lead into the half, the Lady Blazers exploded for seven goals in the second half, with six different scorers in the second 40 minutes of play.

Parker said the effort from his team couldn’t have beem any better.

“The effort was fantastic,” he said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better start than we got. It’s just frustrating that we got two quick goals, we had so many good chances and we couldn’t capitalize.

“I told the girls at halftime that we couldn’t have played too much better. But we have to start taking chances. I would’ve never belived that after three or four minutes into the second half that we’d score three more. That there can put us on a good path.”

However, the longtime head coach said his team will need try to take advantage of its opportunities better if it wants to make some noise in the Second Region Tournament next week.

“We’re going to have to take our chances,” Parker said. “Although we ended up with nine tonight, we ended up with two in the first half after having 12 or 13 good chances. We have to take that extra second and take that extra touch to look at where the goalie is and put the ball in the corner. If we can take our chances, we’ll have a shot next week.”

For the Lady Colonels and head coach Hannah Ambrose, they just need to be better when their backs are against the wall.

“I was just telling them to not give up when one or two goals get scored on us,” Ambrose said. “We have a hard time with being done after they get one or two.”

Ambrose said despite falling in the championship, getting to this point sends a message about Christian County girl’s soccer.

“I think it reflects that these girls can hold their own and we’re a team to just to be played against and taken seriously.”

The Lady Colonels and Lady Blazers will find out their opponents in the Second Region Tournament at the draw Friday morning.

UHA 9, Christian County 1

UHA 2 7 — 9

CCHS 0 1 — 1

UHA: Cansler (2 goals), Grise (2 goals), Covington (1 goal), Bennett (1 goal), Fourqurean (1 goal), Perry (1 goal), Lindsey (1 goal). CCHS: Lander (1 goal)

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