STEARNS — After seeing her team lead by only one goal at halftime, Whitley County’s Chelsea Logan caught fire and recorded a hat trick during the game’s final 40 minutes to lead the Lady Colonels past McCreary Central, 5-0.

“We didn’t have any scrimmages in the preseason, so this was really our first opportunity to play against another organized opponent,” Whitley County coach Kelly Sawyers said. “A 5-0 win is a great starter heading into the season.

“An early win is always huge for the morale of the team and sets the stage for the next game,” she added. “It picks up the momentum we had coming off of last season as the girls continue to improve as a team.”

Both teams struggled offensively during the first half, but a goal by Reis Anderson allowed Whitley County to take a 1-0 edge at halftime.

“In the first half, we struggled to get into our rhythm,” Sawyers said. “We dominated defensively and offensively but we were just not finishing.

“Reis getting the first goal of the game and the first goal of the year really broke the ice,” she added. “The team played with more poise and confidence which led to better passing, communication and shots.”

The Lady Colonels executed better on offense in the second half after Logan scored on a corner kick to give her team a 2-0 advantage.

Logan added her second goal of the game 30 seconds later on a breakaway to push Whitley County’s advantage to 3-0.

Anderson followed with her second goal of the match to increase the Lady Colonels’ advantage to 4-0 before Logan finished the contest with a hat trick by adding her third goal of the game to wrap-up the five-goal victory.

“McCreary was double-teaming Reis most of the game which left Chelsea open often,” Sawyers said. “She made some great runs through the lanes and really stepped up and put some in the net when we needed it late in the game.”

The win improved Whitley County to 1-0, and the Lady Colonels will be back in action Thursday at home against Middlesboro. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

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