Mebit Aragaw has quite a dilemma.
What is the Henry Clay coach to do with sophomore Kayla Price?
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Last season, as an All-City goalkeeper, Price helped the Lady Devils hold opponents to 23 goals in 19 games. She's athletic and active in the goal and is considered one of the top keepers in the area.
Wednesday night in the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular, Price was moved to the other side of the field, where she scored a goal and assisted on two others in the Devils' first win of the season, a 4-0 rout of Bryan Station.
”The way she reads the game is great,“ Aragaw said. ”We're very lucky to have her.“
Price was glad to be free of the goal for a few halves, giving it up to freshman Ginny Hoyt.
”It felt good getting back in there,“ Price said. ”I'm used to being stuck in the goal, and I love playing in the field.“
Price, who also plays basketball for Henry Clay, is just glad her coach makes the decision about where she plays.
She's clearly torn.
”I love both of them a lot,“ she said. ”It's hard to pick, but I know that my place is probably in the goal, but it's nice to get a chance every now and then.“
She took advantage of her opportunity, assisting on Cassie Ransdell's score just three minutes into the game at Paul Dunbar. The senior forward said it's nice to have Price on that side of the field.
”She's always coming out with good energetic bursts,“ Ransdell said.
Price had another ”burst“ with four minutes to go in the first half, feeding Natalie Jones for her goal to make it 2-0. A few minutes into the second half, Price showed some nifty footwork and popped a shot into the goal. It was her second high school goal after getting one last year. She's also made penalty kicks.
Olivia Max added a final goal late in the game.
Aragaw said he feels fortunate to have Hoyt on the team and believes she could also become one of the best keepers in this area.
”It's nice to have to equally good goalies,“ Ransdell said. ”We know the level of play's going to stay the same whoever is in there.“
Moving players around and looking at them in different positions is something Aragaw said he's going to have to get used to. Just two games into the season, he said he doesn't have every player in her optimal position.
”It will be a learning process,“ Aragaw said. ”We probably don't have the best players in the best positions yet, but hopefully that will come. We'll figure it out.“
That versatility is something the players say will be an advantage for them.
”I see really good things for this team as long as we can keep our heads on straight and be a unit and not be a one-player team,“ Ransdell said.
Paul Dunbar 3, Madison Central 1: Leslie Davis scored on a penalty kick with about 30 minutes to go in the second half to break a 1-1 tie, and the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the season.
Kajsa Brindley got things started for Dunbar in the first half and added the insurance goal with about 20 minutes to go in the second half.
It was the first loss of the year for the Indians (1-1).
Henry Clay 4, Bryan Station 0
Goals—HC: Natalie Jones, Cassie Ransdell, Kayla Price, Olivia Max.
Goalkeepers—BS: Breeawna Hayes, Cameron Jackson; HC: Ginny Hoyt.
Records—Henry Clay 1-1, Bryan Station 0-2.
Paul Dunbar 3, Madison Central 1
Goals—PD: Kajsa Brindley 2, Leslie Davis MC: Sizemore
Goalkeepers—PD: Delvanthal MC: Busch
Records—Paul Dunbar 2-0, Madison Central 1-1