High School Sports

Girls' soccer: Lexington Catholic shuts out Woodford in Challenge Cup

Woodford County's Shanda Painter, left, battled for a header with Sarah Gorham, who had a goal and an assist.
Woodford County's Shanda Painter, left, battled for a header with Sarah Gorham, who had a goal and an assist. Herald-Leader

Records aren't always what they seem.

Take the Lexington Catholic girls' soccer team, which began play Tuesday night with a 3-5-2 record and losses in four of its last five matches.

Matched in its Lady Knights Challenge Cup against Woodford County, Catholic lived up to its No. 5 state ranking and rolled to a 3-0 victory.

The four recent losses came to top 10 teams Tates Creek and Scott County, plus a pair of top 20 teams in Indiana. Ergo, the Knights are better than the record might indicate.

"Definitely," agreed Mary Beth Gorham, Catholic's senior leader who had a goal and an assist Tuesday. "This is probably the best effort we've seen in the last three games. We have had good effort; it's just we haven't been able to finish. Then, this game, it really showed that all of our hard work and progressing has really paid off."

Unofficially, Catholic outshot 15th-ranked Woodford 27-1.

Laura Phelps was the only Yellowjacket to test Olivia Meck, who played goal in the second half after Sarah Youkilis tended Catholic's net in the first half.

"I think they played well," Coach Terry Quigley said of his Lady Knights. "I thought Woodford has a very nice team and we controlled some of the game, and we attacked in numbers, and that's why we scored. The girls, in spite of their record, they've been playing well all season, so it wasn't a surprise that they played well tonight."

Mary Beth Gorham set up Josie Metzger along the 18 for the first goal, with 10:40 left in the first half.

Sarah Gorham, a junior, assisted on sister Mary Beth's point-blank goal with 30:19 left in the match.

Sarah added the icing on a shot from just inside the 18-yard line with 9:27 left.

"I've been working in the backyard a lot because my shooting has been off — I've been going over the top," Sarah Gorham said. "So I've been focused on landing on my kicking foot and kicking for the corner instead of to the goalie."

Woodford Co. (3-2-2) had been undefeated in its last five matches.

"We were just a little bit too slow," said Nicole Markert, coach of the Yellowjackets. "Every time we received the ball, we just held on to it for an extra second (more) than we needed to."

Stella Adams kept Woodford close, making 11 saves.

The Jackets drop to the losers' bracket, where they will face Highlands on Wednesday. No. 4 Sacred Heart will tangle with No. 9 Elizabethtown in the 6 p.m. opener.

Catholic will face No. 2 Assumption in the winners' bracket on Thursday, after top-ranked Notre Dame meets No. 10 Manual.

"We've played some hard teams at the beginning, but I'm really proud of how this game we came out and finished," Sarah Gorham said. "I think that made the difference. In other games, we've played but haven't finished. In this game, we finished our chances."

■ Brandy Orthbecker, Morgan Riggs, Sarah Schaefer and Christen McAllister tallied as Assumption (9-1-2) blanked Highlands (2-6-2) in the opener.

■ Both of Monday's first-round matches were decided by shootouts. Manual edged Elizabethtown 3-2 and Notre Dame slipped past Sacred Heart 1-0.

Lexington Cat holic 3, Woodford County 0

Goals—LC: Josie Metzger, Mary Beth Gorham, Sarah Gorham. Goalkeepers—WC: Stella Adams; LC: Sarah Youkilis, Olivia Meck. Records—WC: 3-2-2; LC: 4-5-2.

Wednesday's matches: Sacred Heart vs. Elizabethtown, 6 p.m.; Highlands vs. Woodford Co., 8. Thursday: Notre Dame vs. Manual, 6; Assumption vs. Lexington Catholic, 8.

Saturday: Seventh-place match, 1 p.m.; Fifth-place, 3; Third place, 5; Championship, 7.