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The Spencer County Bears boys soccer team got underway last week with two home games against some quality opponents, giving the Bears an 0-2 start to the season.
The Bears fell to Kentucky Country Day 7-0 on Wednesday evening and dropped a 6-0 decision to district power Oldham County the following night.
Spencer County will try to get on the winning track on the road this week as the team was scheduled to travel to Boyle County on Tuesday and will be at Henry County on Thursday before a two-game tournament in Meade County this weekend.
The Bears will be back at home next Tuesday to square off against North Bullitt.
LADY BEARS BEAT HENRY, ENDURE TOUGH WEEKEND
The Spencer County Lady Bears soccer team is learning the hard way what it takes to be a contender. The young squad opened a lot of eyes last year with a breakout season but Coach Charlie Traughber has exposed team members to some harsh reality early on with a very tough schedule.
After opening the season with a 6-0 loss to Oldham County last week, the girls rebounded with a 6-0 victory over Henry County before embarking on a four-game tournament this past weekend that attracted some of the top teams in the state.
The Lady Bears finished 0-4, losing games to Scott County (6-0), Floyd Central of Indiana (3-0), Elizabethtown (7-0) and Male (4-1).
Traughber said he knew the tournament would test his team and after the four games, said he thought their performance was “average.”
“There was some solid play and some moments of disorganization,” he said. “We were plagued with injuries, but the kids who did play put in some strong individual performances and some of our freshmen had solid games.”
While the record early this year doesn’t seem to match the expectations coming off last year’s breakout season, Traughber said it’s all about building toward the end.
“To expect to beat the top teams in the state the first week of the season would be a bit of a stretch,” he said. “The learning opportunity was huge and the team got a lot of game time, which should help us going forward. It’s a process and there is more to come.”
Even with the losses, the weekend exposed his girls to top-notch competition and the coach said experience was “invaluable to show our players what a top team looks like.”
“The reality is we can’t get these teams on our schedule. By participating in a high profile tournament, you sort of open yourself up to criticism, but the learning opportunity is great. I’m hoping the girls come away from the tournament motivated to improve and realize their potential.”
The Lady Bears will be back in action tonight as they host Kentucky Country Day and will be at Louisville Eastern on Monday and back home again next Wednesday when they host Marion County.