The Middlesboro Lady Jacket soccer team hosted the Corbin side that had knocked them out of the last two 13th Region tournaments by identical 10-0 scores.
Tuesday, MHS wasn’t able to avenge those losses but did put together some encouraging play in a 5-0 loss that was shortened due to weather.
“We didn’t play bad at all. We started out a whole lot better than we did last week against Claiborne,” Lady Jacket coach Jeff Sorke said. “Corbin has a really good program with really talented players and we stood toe-to-toe with them for the first 15 minutes or so.”
The Lady Redhounds led just 1-0 when the match was halted by a lightning strike close to the midway point of the first half.
Corbin controlled the ball for much of that time, but the Lady Jacket defense was able to either contest their shots or turn away most of their advances.
When play resumed the wet field made it tough to stop those shots and Corbin scored four more goals before the game was called at halftime.
“They made a really good shot to go up 2-0 and from there it was just crazy. The ball was skidding and moving, I think we actually ended up scoring two of their goals because the ball was shooting by so fast on the wet grass,” Sorke added.
“Like I said, Corbin’s got a good program from the youth leagues on up. They’re cranking out good eight-graders every year. But I hope playing these games will serve us well when we start playing the schools that are our size that we should be matched up against. I’m happy with what we did, we really started off well and hopefully we can carry the positives from this forward starting Thursday at North Laurel.”
Both teams return to action on Thursday with Middlesboro (1-4) visiting North Laurel and Corbin (4-3) playing at Pulaski County.