Sadler Sees Great Effort In Shorthanded Loss To Anderson Co

The Livingston Academy Lady Cats lost a hard-fought battle in their season opener on Tuesday in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Anderson County.

While a loss is never the goal, Head Coach David Sadler says he was proud of the effort he saw from his players in the shorthanded effort.

“The effort was excellent in more ways than one,” Sadler said. “We’ve had a rough week in LA soccer. Due to quarantine, I’m down five starters and nine girls in total. We have no positive cases, they were just exposed so they had to be quarantined. I was extremely pleased to see these younger girls who haven’t had a lot of playing time come in and play a fully-loaded Anderson County team and hold them to 1-0.”

Four freshman were relied on to do the job that seniors would normally be responsible for, and Sadler maintained that he was extremely proud of them, as well as senior goalkeeper Tori Hinds.

“We had four freshman girls who literally have never played at this level that stepped up and played positions they weren’t used to playing,” Sadler said. “(Hinds) had several big stops. One did get by, but other than that, she had a phenomenal night. Defensively, we had a really good game with some really young players.”

Sadler goes on to say that while the feeling might not be great after a loss, the younger players should keep their heads high after a great effort like the one on Tuesday night.

“I try to be positive with them and encourage them and let them know that they can go nowhere but up,” Sadler said. “As high as they want to go, that’s where they can go…we’ve experienced some setbacks with people not on the field, but they did excellent. They might not feel it right now on the ride home, but they did an excellent job and I’m extremely proud of them.”

The Lady Cats will be back in action on Thursday when they host Scott County.

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