Lady Bears even record after two wins

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By John Shindlebower

After enduring a murderous schedule to open the season, the Spencer County Lady Bears soccer team has won four games in a row and has evened its record to 5-5 after a Labor Day victory over Shelby County, 5-2 at home.

The victory comes on the heels of last week’s 8-0 shut-out of Marion County.

In that win, the Lady Bears got two goals from Bri Bonham, Hannah Jaggers and Libby Cox, and single goals by Madison Ratchford and Shelby Lurie as the girls put the game away early and enjoyed a 5-0 intermission lead.

Coach Charlie Traughber said he was able to get a lot of players some field time in the second half and while the offense lit up the scoreboard, he again credited the defense as it held its opponent scoreless.

He also praised a new commitment to teamwork, which is evident with the goal to assist ratio.

“Last year, we scored a lot of goals through one versus one efforts,” Traughber said. “This season the majority of our goals are coming from assists which means the team is working well together, which is great to see.”

In fact, through the end of last week, Shelby Lurie is fifth in the state in assists and Traughber has been keeping track of those statistics for his team all season long. In the Marion County game, Lurie recorded three assists, with Bonham, Jaggers and Allie Stevens each getting one.

The Lady Bears claimed a 5-2 win over Shelby County on Monday, quickly building a 4-0 lead in the first half and holding  on to notch their fourth consecutive win.

Taylor Brian got the scoring started against Shelby County and goals by Ratchford and Cox helped the Lady Bears establish the big early lead.

Tonight, the Lady Bears will host Louisville Ballard at 5:30, and they will be on the road next Monday at Collins.