The Lady Mustangs defeated Atherton 1-0 in the semi-finals in the annual tournament hosted by Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville Aug. 25. Peyton Hobson scored the game-winning goal with 58 seconds left in the second half to send North Oldham to the finals of the varsity B section.
Hobson’s goal came on a penalty corner after the teams were scoreless for 49 minutes. North Oldham coach Megan Rogers said her team ran a set play after watching how Atherton’s defense approached previous penalty corners.
“The previous corner we went to the right side of the corner, so that one we wanted to go to the left to throw them off,” Rogers said.
Hobson, a senior, said the goal meant everything to her.
“I was wide open,” Hobson said. “We are trained if the shot isn’t there to pass, but the shot was wide open.”
North Oldham had plenty of scoring opportunities before Hobson’s goal. Hobson and Julianna Wing had shots that went wide in the opening 10 minutes of the first half.
“We had some really awesome crosses,” Hobson said. “We couldn’t finish on them.”
Atherton’s goal keeper Kennedy Ashcraft saved several shots sent toward the goal by Hadley Kuzmicky in the opening half. Ashcraft kicked away, blocked and stopped plenty of shots to keep North Oldham scoreless.
“She [Ashcraft] played amazing,” Rogers said.
The Lady Mustangs continued to attack in the second half. Atherton rarely had possession on its scoring side of the field.
“We were controlling the game pretty much the entire time,” Rogers said. “We just have to finish the ball. We are getting it in there, but it is going off pads.”
North Oldham advanced to the semi-finals with victories against Seneca, Louisville Collegiate and Eastern.
“Through the years we have been building our program,” Rogers said. “We are getting the girls that are committed to playing the sport and wanting to go to the next level. Bringing that talent and energy has helped us.”