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The Grant County girls’ soccer team wanted to earn a trophy at the Paris Relay for Life Cup.
After the tournament, they came away with one, but not the one they wanted.
The Lady Braves earned second place, falling to Villa Madonna 5-1 on Aug. 23.
“It’s exciting because we’ve come a long way from last season, but we wanted the first place trophy so it was kind of a letdown,” senior Amber Cope said. “It’s not upsetting getting second place; it’s upsetting losing so badly in a championship game. We’re still learning what we can do, but we have to believe in ourselves. It’s frustrating to be so close.”
The trophy is the second in the program’s history.
To earn a spot in the championship game, the Lady Braves defeated Rowan County 3-0 before falling to Paris 1-0. Despite the loss, the Lady Braves advanced to the championship. The Lady Braves trailed 2-1 at the half, but were unable to sustain their level of play in the second half.
“I wish we could have celebrated more because it’s a big deal for this program, but we could have brought home the first place trophy,” coach Melinda White said. “There’s still a lot of work that has to be done with this team.”
Grant County followed the Paris Cup with a dominant 10-0 win over Newport on Aug. 24.
“It was good for the girls for multiple reasons,” White said. “We had talked about mental toughness and how they hadn’t started to believe in themselves. The win helped the team refresh their spirits and show them that they are that good.”
The Lady Braves hoped to maintain their momentum against Cooper, but came away with a 5-0 loss on Aug. 26.
“I got to see some girls in some different positions and my seniors rallied to maintain positivity,” White said. “But it’s up to the girls if they want to be champions. We’re in great physical condition and prepared. I know how good they can be.”
Grant County traveled to face Montgomery County on Aug. 31, coming away with a 7-0 loss.