By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LAFAYETTE — South Laurel’s season-opener against Paul Laurence Dunbar in the Fayette County iHigh Soccer Frenzy didn’t turn out the way the Lady Cardinal faithful wanted it to.
The Lady Cardinals (0-1) fell behind 3-0 during the first half and could never recover, as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a 5-0 win over South Laurel.
Lady Cardinal coach Todd White said his team missed on a golden opportunity in the first half that could have changed the momentum.
“Karli Parker had a breakaway, but just missed,” he said. “If she could have hit that, it would have made the score 2-1 and I really believe it would have given us some momentum.
“It didn’t happen, though,” White added. “The game just didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. They were a better possession team than we were.”
White said one of the big reasons for his team’s five-goal loss was playing on artificial turf.
“We really had a hard time adjusting to that surface,” he admitted. “It made the game faster and we had trouble with that.
“We will get back on track, though,” he added. “We play these hard games for a reason. I’m a firm believer of playing lots of tough games early, so you can find out what is broken and then you can fix it. We play three teams ranked in the top 20 to open the season and we want to play a schedule like this, so it will prepare us for the district and region. I could easily schedule games out east and put together a good record, but that’s not going to help us any. Playing a schedule like we do will help us in the long run.”
By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
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