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Girls' high school soccer: Tates Creek 1, Henry Clay 0

Tates Creek's Isabella Verones (11) swung past Henry Clay's Clara McKinley to win possession of the ball Wednesday night. See a photo gallery at Kentucky.com.
Tates Creek's Isabella Verones (11) swung past Henry Clay's Clara McKinley to win possession of the ball Wednesday night. See a photo gallery at Kentucky.com. Herald-Leader

Tates Creek entered its game at Henry Clay having scored just six goals through as many games. The wins in its 3-3 start were all shutouts.

The Commodores added a fourth after blanking the Blue Devils 1-0 Wednesday night.

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Sydney Disponette scored the game-winner from a ricochet off a teammate about 12 yards out in the 68th minute.

The sophomore was the first player to reach multiple goals for Tates Creek, ranked 15th by the coaches this week. Its six previous goals came from Disponette and five other players.

Tates Creek Coach Bo Lankster warned his players that Henry Clay's defense is always "very, very good." But he feels his team has enough weapons on offense to manage more than a goal per game against most of its opponents.

"We don't have a go-to player," Lankster said. "We've literally got five or six girls who can score goals for us. ... This is not going to be a team that's going to rely on a player or two."

The Creekers have gotten off to slow starts in their previous two games, Lanskter said, so there was an effort to strike fast at the start of each half. Shots by Sydney Isaacs and Maddie Covey in the opening minute of each half, respectively, signified that urgency.

"There's a lot to look forward to, and I think we can actually get better and grow as a team," Lankster said.

Tates Creek plays two goal keepers — junior Morgan Dearinger and senior Bailey McNees — and each had big nights in the goal, snapping up multiple shots inside the box.

"Our goalies, they both showed up huge," Lankster said. "I think the team is trusting them."

Lankster said right now the duo are 1A and 1B and are working hard in practice.

"Soccer is a dangerous game where a lot of things can happen," he said, noting that not having a good backup keeper can spell doom for a squad.

The shots were even at about 15 apiece, with most of Henry Clay's coming amid flurries to end both halves.

"We had our chances and we didn't capitalize," Blue Devils Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "Tates Creek played great. That first half they dominated but the second half I think was a little bit even."

Aragaw said the loss will be a good learning experience for Henry Clay, rated No. 16 by the coaches. The Blue Devils (3-3-1) dropped their first two games then won their next three before a 3-3 tie at Clark County on Monday.

"Our biggest problem is consistency," Aragaw said. "Probably in the next couple of weeks or I don't know when. Hopefully we'll figure it out. But at this point the consistency is not there."

Tates Creek 1, Henry Clay 0

At Henry Clay

GTC: Disponette (68').

GKTC: Dearinger, Ba. McNees (41'). HC: Patton.

Records: Tates Creek 4-3, Henry Clay 3-3-1.

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