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Girls soccer among best in state

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By John Shindlebower

The Spencer County Lady Bears soccer team is riding a five-game winning streak after an impressive performance in Northern Kentucky over the weekend and have now improved to  11-3-1 on the season.

The Lady Bears got their week started with a 5-2 victory over a good Louisville Eastern team last Tuesday. They did it with a balanced attack that included four different girls scoring goals. Madison Ratchford scored twice, while Libby Cox, Hannah Jaggers and Shelby Lurie each scored a goal. Jaggers, Lurie and Ratchford were also each credited with one assist.
Over the weekend, the girls traveled to Dry Ridge where they had an easy time with Gallatin County, scoring a huge 11-1 victory in the Dry Ridge Toyota Cup. In that contest, both Jaggers and Ratchford notched hat tricks with three goals each, while Cox and Lurie each scored two goals. Allie Stevens also scored a goal. Jaggers was credited with three assists with Lurie, Ratchford and Stevens each getting an assist as well.
In their second game, the girls took a 3-0 victory over Grant County. Jaggers, Lurie and Stevens each scored with Beth Hill picking up an assist. Goalie Jasmine Thomas completed her fifth shutout of the season as well.
In addition to an impressive team season so far, several of the Lady Bears are ranked among the leaders statewide in different categories. Ratchford’s 23 goals in 12 games currently has her tied for third in the state in scoring. Meanwhile, three Bears, Lurie, Jaggers and Ratchford are all in the top 15 statewide for assists.
The Lady Bears are 11-3-1 on the season and had a road trip to Mercer County on Monday and will host Whitefield Academy on Thursday.