Glasgow vs. Barren County

Glasgow senior forward McKenna McMurtrey(7) gains possession of the ball as Barren County's Caroline Stice gives chase during the Lady Scotties 1-0 victory over the Trojanettes on Thursday. 

GLASGOW — The ball found Glasgow freshman Aubrey Phillips' foot with just a little more than eight minutes to play in the match, and the forward found the back of the net for what would be the winning goal against rival Barren County.

A great memory for the team, though for Phillips, it all happened pretty fast.

"Seeing it go in the net was just a blur. I was so excited," she said.

And there was much to celebrate for Glasgow, as the 1-0 victory gave the Lady Scotties the regular season sweep over the Trojanettes a year after Barren County did the same thing to them.

"It was tough, but we managed to fight through it," Phillips said. "We were just really happy that we were finally able to beat them."

It was a physical, tough game with both coaches saying after the match they knew it would come down to one goal.

"It's going to come down to one touch. That's what I told us at halftime. Let's just do things to set us up for success to give us a chance at having some good luck, and it just wasn't our night tonight," Barren County coach David Embry said.

Glasgow vs. Barren County

Glasgow midfielder Brooklyn Pennycuff(5) attempts to dribble out of trouble as Barren County players try to win back possession. 

Glasgow coach Scott Zettlemoyer agreed, as he said both teams played with intensity Thursday.

"This is what we've been harping on all season, is discipline and being aggressive," he said. "We finally started being more aggressive tonight, and that helped with the shutout and getting the win tonight."

Barren County goalkeeper Gracelyn Deweese and Glasgow goalkeeper Paige Burd were solid throughout the match, and the defenses from both squads stopped scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity.

A handball early in the first half gave Glasgow a penalty kick, but the shot was missed to keep the game scoreless. Both teams had throws from deep in their opponent's territory, but they came to nothing.

Laynie Smith

Laynie Smith led Barren County in goals, points and assists in 2018. 

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Late in the first half, Barren County forward Laney Smith sent a long shot toward the goal that sailed just over the crossbar.

The second half brought more of the same, as both squads refused to give the other an easy look on offense. Corner kicks were snuffed out, runs by offensive players were halted, and it appeared there would be nothing between the teams after 80 minutes of play.

But a deflected ball in the penalty box trickled just far enough away from the keeper for Phillips to get a boot to it, and the freshman's goal with 8:30 to play would be the only score of the match.

Glasgow vs. Barren County

Barren County midfielder Emma Hughes(28) and Glasgow defender Kirsten Crowe battle for possession during Thursday's District 15 match. 

"After losing every single match with them last season, we've swept them in the regular season, but this doesn't really mean anything until the district championship game," Zettlemoyer said.

Barren County defeated Glasgow in the championship game of the District 15 tournament last season, and it appears both teams are on a collision course to see each other again in the finale this year.

Embry and Zettlemoyer said the Glasgow/Barren County rivalry is great to be a part of, but added it can be stressful on a coach.

"It's one of those games it's fun to watch not very fun to coach because I like these guys," Embry said in reference to the Glasgow side.

Zettlemoyer shared similar sentiments to those of Embry.

"It's fun and it's stressful. I really enjoy it, especially this being my first year. It's fun to just see the girls playing with passion and to see how hard they play," he said.

Glasgow defeated Barren County 4-2 last month in the first meeting between the teams. Both squads will be playing in the Trojanette Classic this weekend.