Lady Hornets Soccer
4/08/2014 at KC Lutheran 2, Chillicothe 1
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(Story by Coach Lance Harvey)    
     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets soccer team lost a close match versus Kansas City Lutheran on Tuesday night, falling 2-1.
      Playing their second game in as many days, the Hornets came out sluggish and found themselves playing defense for most of the first half against a skilled Lady Knights team. Lutheran took the lead in the 28th minute when midfielder Joelle Hick pushed a left footed shot past the Chillicothe defense and goalkeeper Jaylene Sturguess. The half ended with Chillicothe trailing 1-0.
      In the 49th minute of the second half the Hornets were called for a foul in the penalty area and Sierra Grimm converted the penalty shot which hit the cross bar, bounced straight down and was ruled to have just barely crossed the goal line by the referee.
     The Hornet offense began to wake up and started to put pressure on the Lutheran defense which was able to bend but not break on several occasions. In the 70th minute, Chillicothe forward Karson Keithley was fouled on her way to goal. On the ensuing kick, Junior midfielder Lindy Saunders notched her ninth goal of the season with a low shot that scooted past the Lady Knights keeper. Chillicothe kept up the offensive pressure with several attacks that were sent out of bounds by the Lutheran defense. In a frantic final two minutes, Chillicothe had the ball in front of the goal with several opportunities to score but unfortunate bounces and a little back luck prevented them from tying it up at the end of regulation.
     Coach Lance Harvey praised keeper Sturguess for some outstanding saves and lauded the girls for their competitiveness throughout the game.
 

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