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A season to remember ended on a night to forget for the Spencer County Lady Bears as they ended their 2010 soccer campaign with a 5-0 loss to Oldham County in the district tournament in Buckner last Thursday night in a game that had been postponed from Wednesday night because of rain and lightning.
The Lady Bears came out on the defensive as Oldham County showed early that they were going to control the ball, eventually taking a 1-0 lead about 13 minutes into the game. They would add one more goal before the break to go up 2-0.
Coach Charlie Traughber said Oldham County did a good job of keying on Spencer County’s offensive threats and were able to wear down the Lady Bears defense.
“They did a great job shutting down our attack,” he said. He credited his girls for playing good defense to begin the game, but said you can’t expect to shut out a good team like Oldham all game without applying pressure offensively.
“You can only play defense for so long, it has to be a balanced game. Give Oldham County credit, they played a great defensive game and took advantage of the offensive opportunities they got.”
Despite the loss, Traughber said he told the girls after the game to keep their heads up and remember what they accomplished during the season, which included a school best 14-7 record and scoring 116 goals on the season.
He said when considering their youth, he’d consider his team as one that overachieved, but wasn’t surprised by their success either.
Other teams may have been surprised however, but Traughber said that won’t be the case any longer.
“We want to be considered a team that is no longer an easy win. We want other teams to take us seriously and have to prepare for our game,” he said.
The schedule will get tougher next year, the wins might not mount up like they did this year, but Traughber said the goal is to improve play with improved competition.
Traughber said this Lady Bears team earned respect, something that should carry over to next year since so many of this year’s key players were underclassmen, including several freshmen.
“This is a process and it doesn’t happen overnight,” Traughber told the girls of the Lady Bears’ development into a contender.
“We will be back next year even stronger,” he promised. “We definitely have talent on the team,” he said, but said the top teams need a solid 15-16 players.
“Next year we add more freshmen and our current players will continue to develop and fill needed roles” he said.
Much of that development will come in the offseason as he will encourage his girls to play club ball, or at least work on their skills to keep improving.
One other carryover from this season Traughber would like to see is active student involvement during games. Over two dozen vocal students made the trip to Oldham County last Thursday to cheer on the Lady Bears and Traughber said he hopes to continue to put a team on the field that the students will be eager to support and that the community will continue to embrace.
“I believe the awareness of the sport we’ve brought to the community will hopefully encourage more kids to play the game and get involved which will benefit everyone down the road.”