GEORGETOWN — A matchup of top 10 girls' soccer teams turned out to be a mismatch Wednesday as No. 8 Scott County blanked No. 5 Tates Creek 3-0.
Alex Vasile scored two goals for the Cardinals, who also benefited from a second-half own goal.
"I thought we played really, really well. We stepped it up," winning coach Andrea "Bug" Brown said. "We switched some things around trying to find the right chemistry to make things work for us. Because we did not bring it all at Woodford County. We played one half of soccer and then lightning came, so it ended in a (0-0) tie.
"So we wanted to make sure that we were ready to go today, and we had an off day yesterday to kind of get our heads together and go to the drawing board, and we had a little meeting before the game. These girls played their hearts out, but it can't stop here. We have to continue to press on. We can't be satisfied with this."
Scott County (5-1-1) led 2-0 at halftime, thanks to two quick goals by Vasile.
The first, with 31:03 left in the half, came off a left-footed cross by Madeline Coleman. Vasile finished with a perfectly timed and placed header.
"Really good ball," Vasile said of Coleman's service. "I was looking in the air and I was just like praying 'Lord, Jesus, please get this head on this, get it in the goal.' And I hit it and it went in, and literally my heart dropped. I was so excited that it went in."
Vasile used her quickness to strike again less than three minutes later.
This time Allie Hoskins' pass set up Vasile for a breakaway. Commodores keeper Katherine Hein came out to cut down the angle, but Hoskins deked around for an open-net shot.
"I went for the goal, saw the goalie come out, cut her and just went in for the goal," Vasile said.
"We knew the ball was coming. We got caught flat," Tates Creek Coach Bo Lankster said. "And (Vasile's) speed was definitely a difference in the game. And they just played balls over the top and caught us off guard a couple of times."
The icing came with 38:15 left to play. Keyli Borman's cross was inadvertently deflected into the net by a Creek defender.
The loss dropped the Commodores to 3-3.
"They came out ready to play. They kicked our tails," Lankster said. "It's hard to bounce back from two early goals. Like I said, they came out ready to play. They wanted it and made life difficult on us all night. So give credit to Scott County, their players and their coaches."
Michelle Washburn got the shutout in goal, although she wasn't called upon to make a save.
Borman thinks the Cardinals are on the right track again.
"We actually started off really well. We kind of hit a rough patch, losing one and tying one," Borman said. "And the way we came back today, I was so proud of my girls because we fought hard. ... Just to finally beat (Tates Creek) for the first time in my high school career, it just really made my day."
Scott County 3, Tates Creek 0
Goals — SC: Alex Vasile 2, own goal.
Goalkeepers — SC: Michelle Washburn. TC: Katherine Hein.
Records: Tates Creek 3-3; Scott Co. 5-1-1.
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