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Anderson County girls' soccer has been taking its lumps recently, yet coach Jason Earnest says his team “will be fine.”
The Lady Bearcats dropped matches to Franklin County and Mercer County last week to see their slump reach five losses in six games to fall to 6-9-1 on the year. Yet, Earnest feels his team will be better prepared for the post-season battles for district, regional and state championships.
“Am I concerned about the five losses in the last six games?” Earnest asked Monday. “Maybe a little, but we will be fine. We had the weekend off and now get to refresh. This is the final third of the season and we have five games left that I think we can really play well in. I think if we focus on that, we will be fine going into the post-season.”
Anderson lost goalie Alyssa Rogers with a concussion during a 2-1 loss to Franklin County last Wednesday. The time of her return was unknown at press time.
Against Franklin, the Lady Bearcats were unable to capitalize on some good first-half chances, according to Earnest but Madeline Wilson fired a shot past the goalie from 25 yards out to give Anderson the lead with 30 minutes to play.
Franklin however started to see things turn its way in the final 20 minutes. Lauren Taylor got Franklin on the board in with about 10 mintues to play.
Rogers took a shot to the head with five minutes to go, prompting Earnest to use Makenzie Cann in the net for the first time. Earnest said Cann played well, but Franklin scored with about a minute left after what Earnest thought was a clear handball on Franklin.
“There was nothing Makenzie could have done (on the game-winner),” Earnest said. “We lost 2-1. It was a real heartbreaker in that we played hard and probably should have been up a couple of goals before the last 15-minute press by Franklin County.
The next night, Mercer County put a 3-0 decision on the Lady Bearcats. “We were emotionally and physically drained from the night before,” Earnest said.
“We have had a ton of injuries that have worn us down and honestly, it has affected us mentally. I see and hear the kids talking about injuries constantly, saying, 'Who is going to be next?' That probably one of our biggest ordeals right now as we seem to worry about those types of things rather than just going out and playing.”
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