Girls' soccer preview: Catholic voted best in Lexington

mmaloney@herald-leader.comAugust 13, 2012 

Tates Creek's Katie Workman dribbled the ball while being pursuit by Scott's Nyalyn Moore last season. The Commodores lost six senior starters from a team that made the region finals.

MATT GOINS

  • GIRLS

    RANKINGS

    How Lexington's coaches ranked the teams:

    1. Lexington Catholic

    2. Tates Creek

    3. Henry Clay

    4. Paul Laurence Dunbar

    5. Lexington Christian

    6. Lafayette

    7. Sayre

    8. Bryan Station

Bryan Station

Coach: J.J. Martin (first season)

Last season: 3-17 (lost in first round of district)

Top players: Hannah McGoodwin (sr., midfielder/forward); Hallie Scanlon (sr., midfielder/defender); Haley Ratliff (sr., midfielder); Mary Kathryn Ball (sr., midfielder/defender).

Outlook: Martin, who succeeds Renee Miller and back-to-back 3-17 seasons, is counting on a big junior class and at least three sophomores to step up in support of the senior leaders. "We have a great group of girls that are excited to come to training every day. ... We just hope to play some good soccer and create a new 'culture' with Bryan Station girls' soccer," Martin said.

Defenders' schedule

Aug. 14—at Bath Co., 6; 16—Mason Co., 8; 18—at Corbin, noon; 21—Scott Co., 8; 25—at West Carter, noon; 27—at Owen Co., 6.

Sept. 1—at Fleming Co., 4; 4—Tates Creek, 8; 5—at Paul Dunbar, 8; 8—Ludlow, 4; 10—at Lafayette, 8; 13—Henry Clay, 8; 18—Western Hills, 8; 25—at Estill Co., 6; 27—Sayre, 6:15.

Oct. 2—Garrard Co., 8; 3—at Frankfort, 7; 4—at Berea, 6.


Henry Clay

Coach: Mebit Aragaw (seventh season, 51-32-16)

Last season: 13-5-3 (lost in state tournament sub-sectional)

Top players: Claire Bradley (jr., defender); Lauren Duffy (sr., defender); Lindsay Elsen (jr., midfielder/forward); Kellie Ramsdell (sr., defender); Emma Ueland (sr., forward).

Outlook: Aragaw sees leadership as the key for the season, as the Blue Devils lost 11 seniors — including all-state players Olivia Max and Rachel Geil — from a squad that reached the final 16 in the state. "We have nine new players with great skills," Aragaw said. "We expect them to contribute right away. It might take us some time to find the team chemistry; that's why we are depending on every practice and game for improvement."

Blue Devils' schedule

Aug. 13—vs. Boyle Co. at Lafayette, 8; 15—vs. Paul Dunbar at Lafayette, 8; 18—vs. South Laurel at Lafayette, noon; 20—at Lexington Catholic, 7; 22—West Jessamine, 8; 27—at Scott Co., 7; 29—Sayre, 7:30.

Sept. 5—at Tates Creek, 8; 8—Father Ryan (Tenn.), TBA; 10—at Lexington Christian, 7; 13—at Bryan Station, 8; 17—at Clark Co., 7:30; 19—Lafayette, 8; 22—vs. Murray at Tates Creek, noon; 26—TBA home match.

Oct. 3—Franklin Co., 8.


Lafayette

Coach: Bryson Perry (second season, 10-8-3)

Last season: 10-8-3 (lost in first round of district)

Top players: Marie Armbruster (jr., defender); Maddie Farrer (so., midfielder); Kate Heinonen (so., goalie); Margaret Kelly (jr., forward); Adrienne Kinney (sr., midfielder); Rachel Roberts (jr., midfielder); Kayla Songstad (jr., midfielder).

Outlook: Lafayette aims to improve on its first winning season since 2004. The Generals are learning a new system on defense, having graduated all the back-line starters. Veterans Marie Armbruster, Sarah Fannon, Emily Farrer and Hallie Hensley will lead the defense. A strong offense is anchored by juniors Margaret Kelly and Rachel Roberts. Freshmen Saydie Mathews and Alex Robinson, with senior Josie Stoner, will add depth on the attack.

Generals' schedule

Aug. 14—Clark Co., 8; 16—Tates Creek, 8; 18—Lexington Christian, 8; 20—at Franklin Co., 7:30; 22—at Paul Dunbar, 8; 27—Montgomery Co., 8; 29—at Scott Co., 7; 31—vs. Christian Co., at Bowling Green, 7.

Sept. 1—vs. Apollo at Bowling Green, 10 a.m.; and vs. Graves Co., at Bowling Green, 4; 6—at Madison Southern, 6; 10—Bryan Station, 8; 12—Madison Central, 8; 17—South Laurel, 7:45; 19—at Henry Clay, 8; 22—vs. Campbell Co., at Tates Creek, 2; 24—Danville, 8; 26—at Lexington Catholic, 7.

Oct. 1—Sayre, 6:15; 4—Harrison Co., 7.


Lexington Catholic

Coach: Terry Quigley (21st season, 345-162-19)

Last season: 9-10-4 (lost in region finals)

Top players: Mary Beth Gorham (sr., forward); Sarah Gorham (jr., midfielder); Josie Metzger (sr., midfielder); Emily Mullins (sr., midfielder); Hannah Prater (sr., defender); Monica Rios (so., forward); Alli Robic (sr., defender); Mason Wahle (sr., midfielder).

Outlook: The Lady Knights return an all-state player (Mary Beth Gorham), a pair of honorable-mention all-staters (Prater and Sarah Gorham) and two others who were all-region (Metzger and Robic). Add to that the most experienced and winningest coach in the city, and Catholic could be in store for a big season.

Knights' schedule

Aug. 13—Sacred Heart, 7; 15—Assumption, 7; 18—at Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m.; 20—Henry Clay, 7; 23—at Highlands, 7:30; 27—Tates Creek, 7; 31—at Zionsville (Ind.) tourney, TBA.

Sept. 6—at Scott Co., 7; 10-15—Lady Knights Tournament (first round vs. Woodford Co., Sept. 11, 8 p.m.); 17—Paul Dunbar, 7; 19—Lexington Christian, 7; 24—Boyle Co., 7; 26—Lafayette, 7; 29—West Jessamine, 7.

Oct. 1—at South Oldham, 7:30; 4—at St. Henry, 7:30.


Lexington Christian

Coach: Steve Fugmann (fourth season, 43-19-4)

Last season: 10-9-1 (lost in district semifinals)

Top players: Brianna Arnold (sr., defender); Rachel Bertrand (sr., midfielder); Caroline Boone (so., midfielder); Katelin Bundy (jr., goalie); Kennedy Caneer (so., midfielder); Caroline Hargis (sr., defender); Elise McKinney (jr., midfielder); Maddie Sjogren (so. forward).

Outlook: The Eagles have a young team but with some senior leaders. "Not sure yet where our goals will come from," Fugmann said, "but defense should be strong again. The team is starting to buy into what their roles will be and they show up wanting to learn every day. ... It's an exciting team with a lot of potential."

Eagles' schedule

Aug. 14—vs. Tates Creek at Lafayette, 6:15; 16—iHigh Frenzy at Lafayette, TBD; 18—at Lafayette, 8 a.m.; 22—All "A" regional semifinals at Sayre, 5 and 7; 24—All "A" regional consolation and finals at Sayre, 5 and 7; 28—at Paul Dunbar, 8.

Sept. 5—at Lafayette, 8; 8—Newport Central Catholic, TBA; 10—Henry Clay, 7:30; 13—Spencer Co., 7:30; 19—at Lexington Catholic, 7; 25—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 27—Woodford Co., 7:30; 28—at St. Cecelia (Tenn.), TBA; 29—at Brentwood (Tenn.), TBA.

Oct. 1—at Scott Co., 7; 4—South Laurel, 6.


Paul Laurence Dunbar

Coach: Emily Coleman (14th season, 123-96-14)

Last season: 13-7-1 (lost in district semifinals)

Top players: Alyssa Montgomery (so., midfielder/forward); Mackenzie Nichols (sr., defender); Rebecca Schladt (sr., defender); Reilly Teal (so., midfielder).

Outlook: "We have an experienced senior class returning," Coleman said, "with young talent making strong contributions to the team."

Bulldogs' schedule

Aug. 13—vs. South Laurel at Lafayette, 6:15; 15—vs. Henry Clay at Lafayette, 8; 18—vs. Boyle Co. at Lafayette, 10 a.m.; 22—Lafayette, 8; 25—Newport Central Catholic, 1; 28—Lexington Christian, 8; 31—at Zionsville (Ind.) tournament, TBA.

Sept. 1—at Zionsville (Ind.) tournament, TBA; 5—Bryan Station, 8; 8—at North Oldham, 7:30; 10—vs. Bethlehem at Boyle Co., 7:30; 17—at Lexington Catholic, 7; 19—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 22—vs. Dixie Heights at Tates Creek, 4; 26—at Tates Creek, 8.

Oct. 3—South Oldham, 8.


Sayre

Coach: Erik Johnson (fourth season, 19-33-3)

Last season: 6-12-1 (lost in district semifinals)

Top players: Cavitt Bradley (sr., midfielder); Cammi Croney-Clark (sr., forward); Merrick Melear (jr., midfielder); Grace Rahman (jr., sweeper).

Outlook: With 13 players on the initial roster, the Spartans have an obvious issue with depth. "(We'll) start several freshmen who will quickly gain experience and develop as players," Johnson said. "(We) will lean heavily on our more experienced players to lead the way and provide scoring punch."

Spartans' schedule

Aug. 14—Madison Central, 6; 16—at Bourbon Co., 6; 22—All "A" regional semifinals, 5 and 7; 24—All "A" regional consolation and finals, 5 and 7; 29—at Henry Clay, 7; 31—at Paris, 6.

Sept. 4—vs. Scott Co. at Georgetown College, 7; 6—Garrard Co., 6; 8—Cooper, 1; 21—Western Hills, 6; 25—Shelby Co., 5:30; 27—at Bryan Station, 6:15.

Oct. 1—at Lafayette, 6:15; 4—at Rowan Co., 6.


Tates Creek

Coach: Bo Lankster (Fourth season as girls' coach, 50-15-9; 202-99-29 in 15 seasons overall)

Last season: 15-7-3 (Lost in region finals)

Top players: Mallory Eubanks (jr., midfielder); DeStinie Graves-Traux (sr., forward); Arly Lankster (sr., goalie); Abriana McKinney (sr., defender/forward); Elaine Simpson (sr., forward); Abby Van Bussum (jr., defender); Ashlee Vanhooser (sr., forward); Shelby Williams (sr., midfielder); Katie Workman (jr., defender/midfielder).

Outlook: The Commodores lost six starters, most of whom started four years. The biggest hit came on the back line, where Van Bussum will lead. The door is open for some juniors and seniors to step in and fill the gaps.

Commodores' schedule

Aug. 7—Manual, 7; 14—vs. Lexington Christian at Lafayette, 6:15; 16—at Lafayette, 8; 18—vs. Clark Co. at Lafayette, 2; 21—at Assumption, 7:30; 25—Louisville Christian, 12:30; 27—at Lexington Catholic, 7; 29—Sacred Heart, 8; 31—at Zionsville (Ind.) Showcase, TBA.

Sept. 1—at Zionsville (Ind.) Showcase, TBA; 4—at Bryan Station, 8; 5—Henry Clay, 8; 15—Dixie Heights, noon, and Science Hill (Tenn.), 8, in Tates Creek Invitational; 19—at Scott Co., 7; 22—South Oldham, 6; 26—Paul Dunbar, 8; 29—St. Henry, 5.

Oct. 3—at West Jessamine, 7:30.

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