• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

High School varsity soccer season recap

SOPHOMORE MACKENZIE TUCKER scored 24 goals on the season for the Lady Jackets varsity team. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School soccer programs continues to shine on a yearly basis. The Lady Jackets soccer team had a great season on the field and in the tough losses in the postseason, the team played it's best soccer of the season. The Woodford squad was led by seniors, Makayla Devore, Kristen Jordan, Sydney Beavers, Miranda Carl, Ashton Moore and Tiffany Royster. After a pair of losses to start the season, the Lady Jackets won four in a row and were starting to come together as a team on the field. After a tough loss on the road to George Rogers Clark 4-0, the Jackets won a pair against Franklin County and Madison Central. One of the toughest games of the season was when the Jackets travelled to Scott County and the teams battled to a 0-0 tie.

The Lady Jackets won the next two out of five games and played Frankfort in the District 41 opening round. Following a 7-0 win the team was optimistic that another District title would be coming home to Woodford County. The Jackets lost the championship to Franklin County on penalty kicks and then played Tates Creek in the opening round of the 11th Region playoffs. The Lady Jackets fought hard but were beaten 1-0 in a well played game by both teams.

Sophomore Mackenzie Tucker was the leading scorer for the Lady Jackets on the season with 24 goals. Sophomore Shelbi Morrison was second with 14 goals.

Sophomore Emma Oberlander led the Lady Jackets in assists for the season with 12 with Morrison and Tucker tied for second with 6 each. The Lady Jackets will return with a talented team again next season under coach Brad Turpin Jr.

Coach Fonyam Atanga's boys team went 12-5-1 on the season and finished fifth in the Region 11 standings. Woodford was led by seniors Drew Blaydes, Chris Jackson, Chris Ramirez, Noah Hayes, Marcus Watson and Jacob Christian. The Jackets started off the season by beating Byan Station and Lafayette in the Lexington Soccer Showcase and lost to Dunbar in the final game. The Jackets won the next three games which included a win over Scott County where the Jackets came from behind to win on the road. The Jackets went on a five game win streak coming into the District opener while only allowing one goal in the five matchups.

In the District opener, the Jackets were beaten 4-3 by Franklin County ending their season. Junior forward Brandon Cromwell led the team in goals for the season with twelve. Blaydes and junior forward Chris Phelps were second with ten goals each. Phelps led in assists with eight and Cromwell was second with six.

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