Note: This story was last updated at 12:42 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats held West scoreless in a 5-0 shutout at home on Thursday. It was the fifth shutout of the soccer season for Oak Ridge.
With the outcome not in doubt, the game ended early, at about 11 minutes into the second half, because of lightning in the area. It’s officially a game at halftime.
Freshman forward Kate Hausladen scored two goals for the Lady Wildcats. Coach Jeff Trombly said Hausladen has now scored at least 11 goals this season.
Senior midfielder Alex Allen scored first for Oak Ridge on Thursday on a shot from the top of the penalty area to the left side of the net early in the game.
Sophomore forward Savannah McNair scored second off a header by senior forward Macy Barclay near the right side of the net. The score was 2-0 with 16:44 left in the first half.
Hausladen made it 3-0 less than two minutes later on a breakaway shot, and sophomore forward Alex Rouse scored from the left side of the net less than three minutes after that with Barclay applying pressure and West goalkeeper Morgan Jones unable to control the ball in front of the net. The score was 4-0 with 12:32 left in the half.
Hausladen added a second goal in the second half when West was unable to control the rebound after a free kick by Oak Ridge senior Ellie Brown that led to a shot by sophomore midfielder Zoe Van Hook. That made it 5-0 at about 28:40 in the second half.
The game was called because of weather with about 23 minutes remaining in the game.
Trombly said the Lady Wildcats moved the ball and passed very well on Thursday, using a lot of the field.
“(The) midfield really was connecting the passes a lot better,” he said. “We’re starting to click as a group.”
It can take eight to 10 games to click, he said.
Also, Barclay did a good job of holding the ball up front for the Lady Wildcats, Trombly said.
And the Oak Ridge (6-0) defense shut down the West (2-4) offense.
Trombly said the Lady Rebels are struggling with confidence, with some players unable to play and some injuries.
The Lady Wildcats finished with 14 shots on goal, compared to four for West.
With Oak Ridge freshman forward Valerie Carter out with an injury, McNair and Rouse both rotated in on Thursday, and the two sophomore forwards both scored goals.
The Lady Wildcats travel to Johnson City today (Friday, September 4) to play in the Science Hill Invitational that starts this evening. Oak Ridge’s first game is against Jefferson County (2-1) at 8:45 p.m. today.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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