Lady Aces looking to maintain momentum

Photo by Greg Eans, Messenger-Inquirer.com | geans@messenger-inquirer.com Owensboro Catholic’s Madeline Hayden (16) gets in front of Owensboro’s Sydney Ladd during a game on Tuesday at the Owensboro Soccer Complex.

After notching victories in its last two outings, the Owensboro Catholic High School girls' soccer team will attempt to keep the winning streak alive when the Lady Aces head to the All 'A' Classic small-school state tournament this weekend.

For Catholic coach Lindsey Overby, whose squad captured wins over Glasglow and Owensboro within the last week, she simply wants her team to continue on its upward trajectory.

"My mindset right now is to maintain the momentm, to keep it going," the first-year head coach said. "We've won the last couple of games, so we want to keep that going. Control the game, play for possession, use short, quick passes, and hopefully we'll come out with a win."

The Lady Aces (6-4-1) open All 'A' Classic play against the 8th Region's Walton-Verona at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capital View Park in Frankfort.

With a victory, Catholic would advance to take on the winner of Hazard-Bethlehem later in the day. The championship match is set for Sunday at 10 a.m.

In order to get there, though, the Lady Aces are looking for a more focused approach from the start than they showed in Tuesday's 5-0 win against Owensboro.

"In all honesty, their mental state has to be ready before the game or warm-ups ever start," Overby said of her players. "They have to show up to the field and be game-ready. They need to start fast and start hard and keep it going. They have to."

In terms of production, senior Lily Moore leads the Lady Aces with 18 goals, while fellow senior Emma Eyre has added seven goals. Sophomore Ashton Logsdon has recorded six goals and dished out a team-best seven assists, with seniors Kara Morris and Kaylee Morris adding five assists and four goals apiece.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Goodwin has made 52 saves with three shutouts, as well.

It's taken some time for Catholic to find its footing, due to positional changing throughout the year, but Overby feels good about where her team stands heading into this weekend's competition.

"We've really spent this season trying to figure out where everybody really, truly asccentuates what we're trying to do," Overby said. "It's getting there. Being able to pull Kara up out of the back and giving her opportunities to dominate the middle of the field has been one of our goals. Pulling Lily back and giving her more opportunities to be a playmaker has helped, and we've got two really fast ones up top.

"We're getting there, it's just been a long journey to figure out where they need to be."

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