• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCMS girls’ soccer team concludes record season

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL girls’ soccer team finished one of the school’s best seasons with a 6-2-2 record, with eight shutouts and a third-place finish in the Bluegrass Conference. Team members shown above are: bottom row, from left, Graciela Martinez, Madison Ryker, Abby Dorough, Luna Woo, Emily Vieyra, Dorrah Martin, Victoria Caloca, and Lane Call; middle row, Olivia Smith, Danny Jackson, Myrion Campbell, Caylee Thompson, Anna Beth Hawkins, Kendall Spalding, Adriana Santos and Ella Tucker; back row, Abby Baylor (head coach) Akasha Hawkins, Morgan Warder, Kaedynce Dewar, Reagan Cole, Meghan Denton, Abigail Wooten, Carla Favetto, Makenzie Terry and Elena Hitch (assistant coach).

The Woodford County Middle School girls’ soccer team concluded its regular season with a third-place finish in the regular season, as the team had a 6-2-2 record, which included eight shutouts. One of the reasons the team had such a good season was the camaraderie of the players, as head coach Abby Baylor emphasized team – over individual – efforts all year. “Our team focused on the importance of improvement and growth over wins,” said Baylor. “We prioritized defense and spent a great deal of training time working to become a better team defensively. This showed in our play, as we were only scored on in two games in the regular season. The girls’ level of commitment and maturity is beyond their years. They are a remarkable group of young ladies who showed a respectable about of discipline throughout the season.” Woodford saw its season end in the first round of the conference tournament when the team lost 1-0 to Royal Spring. Leading the team in scoring was Abigail Wooten, who had eight goals during the season. “Abigail was someone we depended on (in) the offensive end,” said Baylor. “She played target forward and outside on the wing. Along with scoring the team’s goals, Abigail also led the team in assists.” In goal was Caylee Thompson, who was solid in the net all season long. In eight of the 10 games this season, she did not allow a goal to be scored.

CAYLEE THOMPSON, right, goalkeeper on the Woodford County Middle School girls’ soccer team, played in all 10 games and did not allow a goal to be scored in eight of them. (Photo by Liz Wolford)

“Caylee is a very physical and tough player,” said Baylor. “Her hard work during the off-season really showed this season. She helped our defensive line be able to play their game by providing trust that she would stop the shots that got past them. No team can have success without a strong team leader, and Dorrah Martin, who was the team’s captain, provided that leadership. “Dorrah is our most consistent and vocal player,” said Baylor. “She was a leader on and off the field and was someone many of the younger players could look to for advice.” “We ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Royal Spring,” said Baylor. “It was not the ending we wanted, but I am very proud of this team. We finished in third place in the regular season conference and that is a direct reflection of the hard work these young ladies displayed all season. Winning games is a team effort, and I am very proud of each of them.”

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