Lady Cougars lose long fight in regional tournament

Crystin Urban Sports Reporter

October 24, 2013

The Logan County Lady Cougar soccer season ended this week after a long battle. The Lady Cougars faced the Bowling Green Lady Purples on Tuesday night in the semi-final game of the Region 4 tournament. The Lady Cougars fought hard, but fell 5-0 to the Lady Purples.

The game started out with an even playing field, the two teams battled hard but neither team could find the back of the net. With 18 minutes left in the first half, the Lady Purples would score against the Lady Cougars.

The Lady Cougars would lose some players due to injury, which would put a big dent in their defense. The Lady Purples would score three more goals in the first half to have a lead of 4-0 going into the second half.

The Lady Cougars defense would only let one goal slip through during the second quarter, but ultimately the Lady Purples would defeat the Lady Cougars 5-0.

“I’m really pleased with the team tonight. We had a great season and we have a lot to build on to next year. The first half we had a lot of injuries and made a couple of mental mistakes but we gave Bowling Green the best game they have had in a while,” said LCHS coach Dan Duncan. “We played a really good second half. They competed well and played them evenly most of the game. Its not the result we wanted but they didn’t lay down and I could not have asked for anything more.”

The team will be losing five seniors this year and Duncan says that they will be hard to replace the impact they have made on the team during their time as Lady Cougars.

“It will be hard to replace the leadership of the group. Most of them started when we had a JV team and they mean a lot to the game,” said Duncan. “Anna and Courtney were our captains and they did a great job of being positive leaders not only at game but at practice and in the locker room. Our defense will be hard to replace losing three out of our four starting defenders. They all have been terrific and we will miss them.”

The Lady Cougars had a very successful season this year. They ended their season with 10 wins, six losses and one tie. These wins include the second district championship title for the Lady Cougars after their nail-biting win over the Todd County Lady Rebels last week.

“The fan support was great this year. They have been very supportive of what we are doing and of the girls. Even if the results weren’t what we wanted they have been there for the girls and I appreciate that,” said Duncan. “They made my first year of coaching great. I know its hard with the differences of coaching but I appreciate them treating me so well.”