• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ soccer goes 3-0 in Bluegrass State Games

THE WOODFORD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL girls’ soccer team scored three shutouts in the Bluegrass State Games at the WYSA fields on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. In the tournament, they defeated Nelson County, 6-0; Ohio County, 3-0; and Beachwood, 4-0. One of the players for Woodford was senior forward Caitlyn Burdine. (Photo by Steve Blake / multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team took to the WYSA fields on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, for a little preseason competition in the Bluegrass State Games and came away with three shutout victories. In the competition, Woodford finished with a 3-0 record with wins over Nelson County, Ohio County and Beachwood. “After going through our preseason Hive Testing (baseline measurements of speed, agility, and ball work), the Bluegrass State Games are a great opportunity for us to see what we have both at the varsity and junior varsity levels,” said Woodford head coach Brad Turpin Jr., adding that “The games do not count towards our game totals in regards to KHSAA rules and regulations, and, on top of that, (they were) in Versailles.” According to Turpin, Woodford will field a young varsity team this fall, with “eight freshman contributing at the varsity level by the end of the season. (The) future is bright for us.” In goal this year for Woodford will be Lelia Graf, who played forward and midfield last year, but has stepped up in her senior year to take on keeper duties. She will be backed up by junior Kristen Jordan. Team leaders on the pitch for Woodford this year will be seniors Caitlyn Burdine, Graf, Camryn Pictor, and Emma Sandman; and juniors Makayla Devore and Lauren Rankin. In addition, sophomore Jasmine Collins, a starter last year, will also be returning. Here are the results from the BGS Games G1: WCHS 6, Nelson Co. 0 In the game, goals for Woodford were scored by freshmen Mackenzie Tucker, Shelbi Morrison (2) and Emma Oberlander, Collins and Devore, with assists by Morrison, Tucker (2) and Pictor. G2: WCHS 3, Ohio Co. 0 In the game, Woodford had goals by Burdine, Morrison and Tucker, with assists by Morrison and Burdine. G3: WCHS 4, Beechwood 0 In the game, Woodford had two goals each by Morrison and Burdine, while Tucker and Burdine had assists. Woodford opens the season at a tournament at Lafayette and Tates Creek. On Tuesday, Aug. 17, they play Dunbar at Lafayette at 6 p.m., then on Wednesday, Aug. 17, they face Campbell County at Tates Creek at 7:30 p.m. A game on Saturday, Aug. 20, will be at a time and against a team to be determined. Woodford’s first home game is a district contest on Saturday, Aug. 27, against Franklin County at 7:30 p.m.

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