McCracken County Sweeps St. Mary For District
By Brenden Evers
MCCRACKEN COUNTY - For the 7th time in the 8 years of McCracken County High School history, both the girls and boys soccer teams have won the First District title. Both games ended with the same final score of 4-0 over St.Mary. 

Girl's Championship

The Lady Mustangs leading scorer Olivia Bogaczyk did exactly what she's done all season, score goals. Bogaczyk ended the night with three of the Lady Mustangs' 4 goals; the other was by Molly Thomas who also assisted on Bogaczyk's third goal.

The Lady Mustangs controlled all offensive and defensive pressure, forcing Lady Vikings Anistyn Thomas to make 10 saves but on the defensive side the Lady Mustangs did not allow a single shot on goal.

"Our defense is amazing we're a solid team all together, we started from the back and moved our way forward and we were solid all the way through," said center back and senior captain Hailey Arnold.

After having a game canceled Saturday, it had been 9 days since McCracken County had played. Despite the layoff, Lady Mustangs coach Chris Lacy was pleased with the effort of his team. 

"We were a little more together (tonight) The last couple of games we've been too spread out and not really on the same page in some areas. Tonight we were on the same page," Lacy said. 

Both teams will play in the regional tournament next week.

With the win, McCracken County is the host school for the girls regional tournament which begins on Monday. 

Boys Championship

St. Mary came into the district championship fresh off of a 4-1 win over Paducah Tilghman on Tuesday. Thursday would be a much tougher assignment.

Early in the game the Mustangs controlled play in the Vikings half of the field, and it seemed as if the Vikings were content on staying back and letting McCracken County come to them. In the 35th minute Carlos Velazquez scored the game's first goal. In the second half it seemed that Vikings keeper Jack Bell couldn't be beat as he made numerous quality stops and finished the night with 13 saves.

As the game clock ticked under 10 minutes it seemed likely that the game would end 1-0 that was until Josh Kuntz broke the ice for the Mustangs and scored on a shot from well outside the 18-yard box, perfectly placed in the far corner to make it 2-0 with 5 minutes to go.

"It just took one strike, I knew that if I hit it high and hopefully get a good strike on it it would have a good chance of going in," Kuntz said. 

Just a minute later, Reece Bohde added another goal on a shot from 20 yards out. Bohde struck again on a shot through traffic making it a 4-0 final.

After the match, Mustangs Coach Michael Wiersema expressed that there is always room for improvement. "We need to obviously move the ball a little faster and finish our chances a little bit better." 

McCracken County and St. Mary will play in the regional tournament at Marshall County beginning next week.

Published 08:10 AM, Friday Oct. 16, 2020
Updated 11:07 AM, Friday Oct. 16, 2020



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