Kentucky School for the Deaf's soccer team played its first-ever varsity game Saturday, falling 5-4 to visiting Cincinnati St. Rita School for the Deaf.
St. Rita jumped out on top early, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes. KSD answered with two goals of its own, one from Tyler Burke in the 26th minute and one from Michael Hayes in the 34th. The game was tied 2-2 at the half.
St. Rita again started quickly, scoring twice in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Burke cut the deficit to 4-3 with a goal 18 minutes into the second half, but St. Rita put in its final goal to go up 5-3. Travis Zornosa scored KSD's final goal with 12 minutes to play.
KSD coach Paul Smiley said he was happy to see his team play so well and play well together.
"We had a tremendous defensive effort by Drew Meade and Dustin Stephens," Smiley said.