GLASGOW — In what proved to be a chippy and competitive match, Glasgow (6-3) handed the Barren County Trojanettes (6-1) their first loss on the season as the Lady Scotties won Thursday night’s district contest 2-0.
The victory provides a burst of momentum for Glasgow as the Lady Scotties prepare to compete in the Class “A” Tournament on Saturday.
“I saw a lot of fight out of them that I didn’t think they had,” Glasgow coach Scott Zettlemoyer said after the game. “After a tough loss on Tuesday, it was a good game for us to come back and play extremely physical and get the win.”
The first 20 minutes of the contest featured close back-and-forth action between two evenly matched teams. However, the game changed 26 minutes into the first period as the Trojanettes’ leading goal scorer Ally Bell went down with an injury that kept her out for the rest of the match.
The game was still tied when Bell was injured after a collision between her and Lady Scottie goalkeeper Paige Burd. Afterwards, Barren County’s offense never could find their footing without their leader.
“The main competent is to not let them score, and I knew that the only way I was going to get there on time is to slide tackle and unfortunately she got injured,” Burd said of the play. “I always give my 100% especially for my team because I never let them down.”
The play of Burd was one of many bight spots on the night for the Lady Scotties. Barren County came into Thursday with 34 goals in just six games, but the Trojanettes could not get any strikes past Glasgow’s senior goalkeeper.
“I've said it once, and I’ve said it a thousand times,” Zettlemoyer said of Burd. “I think that she is one of the best goalkeepers in the region. I always expect her to show up big in big games, and she did it again tonight.’
Glasgow first took the lead five minutes before halftime as senior Emma Watson was able to score unassisted right in front of the net. The strike was much-needed after the Lady Scotties scored just one goal in a loss to Warren East on Tuesday night.
“That put our heads straight,” Watson said. “We wanted to win even more after that. We knew we could, and we did it. We were making passes, playing the ball, getting around the defense, and we were shooting through the goal.”
Glasgow would score again in the second period to put the game away for good. Senior Dinah Miranda ran out in front of the Trojanette defense and hit a wide open strike in the left corner goal of the goal.
The score was Miranda’s eighth of the season which is good for second on the team just behind Aubrey Phillips.
“Our offense has always been our key strength,” Zettlemoyer said. “I knew we would create chances and get opportunities. It was just more important that we made sure we finished, and that’s what we did tonight.”
For Barren County, the defeat is a bit of a rarity as they game into the match with a perfect record having allowed just three goals through six games. Despite the loss, coach Bobbie Nyekan is still very positive about his team.
“This defeat will be a good learning curve for them,” Nyekan said. “The reason why we were 6-0 is because we were working the ball. We can’t go back to kicking the ball at everyone. That doesn’t work. I haven’t written them out yet. This defeat is not the end of the world.”
Nyekan added that the injury sustained to Bell was an ankle sprain which will be treated day-to-day. The Trojanettes are set to play at home against Warren Central on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
“Losing a game like this is a good thing,” Nyekan said. “I know the players right now are sad because a couple of players got injured, but hopefully they can bounce back quickly. We played a good team so we can take a loss.”
Next up for the Lady Scotties is the Class “A” Regional Tournament on Saturday where they will take on Owensboro Catholic at 4 p.m. The win gives Zettlemoyer and company a much-needed confidence boost heading into the weekend
“We kept a clean sheet tonight,” Zettlemoyer said. “That’s always the most important thing for us. If we can do that we can always create chances. We have a lot of good things heading into Saturday.”