Tough night for Anderson soccer

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Lady Cats fall in overtime; Bearcats' season comes to an end

By John Herndon

UPDATED, Saturday, Oct. 16, 5:15 p.m. 

Thursday was a tough night for Anderson County soccer as both the Lady Bearcats and Bearcats tasted defeat in district tournament play.

The Anderson girls saw their reign as 25th District champions come to an end as Woodford County's Taylor Kelly arced a shot in from 40 yards with five minutes to go in the second overtime period giving Woodford a 2-1 win in the championship game at Owen County.

“We didn't mark her and she hit that shot. It is something you don't expect to see,” Anderson coach Jason Earnest said of the game-winner.

Kelly had given Woodford a 1-0 lead with six minutes to go in regulation, but less than two minutes later, Anderson tied it when Hannah Pritchert drilled a free kick from 19 yards out.

"I told the girls the good thing is that we still get to go to the region and last year's regional champion (Henry Clay) was a district runner-up," Earnest said.

Anderson will open regional play against 26th District champion Henry Clay at Woodford County on Monday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Woodford will host Tates Creek at 6 p.m. in the regional opener.

Franklin ousts Anderson boys

At Frankfort, the Anderson boys saw a stellar season come to an end as Franklin County scored in the second half, then held on for a 1-0 win in the District 25 semi-finals. Franklin will play Woodford County in the district championship game and both advance to the region.  Woodford had upset Western Hills in a shootout.

For a complete report, see the Oct. 20 edition of The Anderson News.