Soccer: Preseason Look, Upcoming Games

Soccer: Preseason Look, Upcoming Games

(Cover photo: Bullitt East vs North Bullitt, Oct. 21, 2015. Credit: Samantha Stallings)

Ashli McLean

Although the Kentucky High School Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association (KHSGSCA) did not released a preseason poll, defending-champion Sacred Heart Academy will be the team to beat this season. The Valkyries defeated Lexington Catholic 1-0 for the state title and will open their season against this same team on Aug. 15. Sacred Heart is also ranked No. 16 in the nation in the USA Today/National Soccer Coaches Association of America¬†preseason Super 25.

Other local favorites this preseason are Mercy, Bullitt East, Assumption, and Oldham County. Manual went 15-5 last year, but will have a lot to prove without the leadership of its star player Emina Ekic. She is out with an ACL and will miss at least half of the season.

Here’s a listing of the top games to catch this week…

  • * Monday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. – Lexington Catholic at Sacred Heart
  • * Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. – Male at Mercy
  • * Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Simon Kenton (8th Region champ, 20015) at Assumption