October 18th, 2017

Cougars season ends, recalls historic year

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Cougars season ends, recalls historic year
The Cougars Kailey Reed tries to make a play with the ball / photo by Conor Revell

The Holy Cross girls’ soccer team saw its historic season come to a close with a 4-0 loss to North Bullitt Wednesday night in the Sixth Region semifinals at Mercy.

“Confidence,” Holy Cross head coach Scott Walker said. “They believed in themselves and our mission this year. Honestly, our No. 1 goal this year was to win a regional game and we reached that. There were a few totals you can throw out that we wanted to beat that we didn’t. It was really showing up and playing the way we knew we could play. There were games we played phenominal and others where we let ourselves down.”

Katlyn Andres scored three goals and assists Brooklyn Thompson’s goal to provide the spark for the Lady Eagles who will play Bullitt East in the finals at 6 p.m. Friday at Mercy.

North Bullitt (15-5-1) fired 14 shots at Holy Cross goalkeeper Bella Velez who made 11 saves.

“Playing soccer here at Holy Cross has been amazing and watching the program grow,” Holy Cross senior Alexandra Harshfield said. “This team has made a tremendous leap from freshmen year to now. It has been an absolute fantastic experience.”

The Cougars (10-7-3) delivered one shot at North Bullitt goalkeeper Delayna Holman.

But Holy Cross doesn’t want to focus on the score, the season was historic, tying the record for most wins in a season, won their second straight 21st District championship and winning a regional tournament game for the first time in school history.

Not to mention, Harshfield is the only Cougar that plays club soccer, who led the team with 13 goals and 11 assists.

“Her patience is unbelievable,” Walker said. “When we should be giving her the ball, she doesn’t always get it. She makes a run and then she’ll make the run the next time and the run the next time. She doesn’t always get the rewards. She’s always positive saying get it to me next time or try to do this instead of this. She’s always instructive and never shows any frustration.”

The rest play more than one sport and seven had never kicked a soccer ball before the season started.

“It’s very different playing soccer with players that don’t play at the club level,” Harshfield said. “The player you see me on the field with this team is different than what you see in club. You have to become a different player in some ways. The way we make passes in club is different than this team.”

Along with Harshfield, Holy Cross says goodbye to Ann Oakley, Kailey Reed, Madison Turner, and Dakota Young.

“I think the most special thing about this season was winning a regional game,” Turner said. “That is what I going to stick in my mind and stay in there forever.”

However, Oakley, Reed, Turner, and Young will put on a jersey in a different sport before graduating in May.

“My seniors put a lot of hard work and dedication into this season,” Walker said. “It’s not just this season; it was the three seasons I coached. I saw a few freshmen year games too. They’re very selfless. It’s what you model a team player off of. They’re out here hours and hours and teaching the underclassmen. They helped support our team.”

For Oakley, her focus turns to finishing out the cross country season on a high note before taking short rest before track and field in the spring.

“Running cross country and playing soccer at the same time is very hard,” Oakley said. “I have good coaches who work with my schedule. One day I have practice with the soccer team, the next day I run with the cross country team.”

Reed gets no rest as she jumps right into basketball season which started Sunday and then it’s onto the softball field when spring arrives.

“The beautiful thing about this team is that almost all of them play another sports,” Walker said. “The balance we have from them playing multiple sports is great. We’re always the more aggressive team, we get pushed around but we never fall down. A lot of teams you barely touch them and they fall straight to ground. I credit that to playing multiple sports.”

Turner directs her attention to basketball while Young gets time off to prepare for the upcoming softball season.

It was a historic season for a program where most of their players focus isn’t on soccer.

 

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