August 16th, 2018

SHA and West Jessamine unable to finish game

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

SHA and West Jessamine unable to finish game
The Colts and Valkyries watch the ball bounce / photo by Conor Revell

Top-ranked Sacred Heart and No. 2 West Jessamine were hoping to square off in an epic early season soccer matchup, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Severe storms approached Louisville around 8 p.m. and the game was forced to be called with the Valkyries leading West Jessamine 1-0 with 1:59 to go in the first half.

“I love what I saw out of my team,” Sacred Heart’s first-year head coach Libbey Smith said. “They worked very hard. The stuff we talk about in practice, we want to see in the field, and we saw that tonight. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more out of my team.”

Taylor Nelson scored the lone goal against the Colts all-state goalie Anna Rexford.

West Jessamine has won the last two state title and the Valkyries season last year in the state semifinals with a thrilling 2-1 victory in PKs.

“West Jessamine is always a good opponent,” Smith said. “They’re tough, they’re physical, and they’re fast. We wanted to be focused. You can’t let anything slide because if you do, they’ll punish you. You have to be on your game. They can attack at any moment and have the ability to do that.”

Sacred Heart is 1-0 with a win over Lexington Catholic, the game against the Colts will not count do to not making it into the second half.

“We definitely want to run the table,” Smith said. “I really like watching them figure things out as a team and learning how to be really good teammates and support each other and make each other look good. I want them to things for the team. I tell them all the time we want them to love the game because their coaches can’t get enough of it.”

It’s first and the Valkyries are adjusting to the new play style.

“Jaclyn likes to play pretty soccer and string together nice passes,” Smith said. “I like to push the ball forward and play long balls. I’m also different because I like to ask a lot of questions and the girls were a little surprised by that and I don’t mean that in a bad way. We’re two different coaches.”


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