Coach: Dan Hacker (second season as girls' coach, 3-16-2; 70-126-13 in 15th season overall)
Last season: 3-16-2 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Korie Yates (sr., Defender); Emilie Yates (so., Forward); Molly Marchaterre (So., D).
Outlook: The Lady Defenders should be more competitive this season but are still young. "We have increased our talent and depth, but could still be considered a JV team based on age," Coach Dan Hacker said. "Seven of our 11 starters will consist of freshmen and sophomores." Hacker will look for senior leadership from defender Korie Yates. Freshman Katelyn Gentry and sophomore Rachel Mooney will battle to be the No. 1 goalkeeper. "We have had a great camp this summer," Hacker said. "The girls have had great training sessions and are eager to improve. I think we are a little ahead of schedule when compared to the rebuilding process that my staff did with the boys' team all those years ago, but we will just have to see. We are still a couple of years away and will take some hits this year because of our youth, but from a talent standpoint I couldn't be happier."
Aug. 19—Danville, 8; 21—at Boyd Co., 7:30; 25—Scott Co., 8; 28—at Garrard Co., 6; 30—Perry Co. Central, 7.
Sept. 3—at Owen Co., 6; 4—at Frankfort, 5:30; 8—at Lafayette, 8; 11—Estill Co., 6:15; 16—Bath Co., 6:15; 18—at Model, 5:30; 22—Henry Clay, 8; 25—Tates Creek, 8; 29—at Paul Dunbar, 7:30.
Oct. 3—at Sayre, 5:30; 7—at Berea, 6; 9—Bourbon Co., 8.
Coach: Mebit Aragaw (ninth season, 81-54-22)
Last season: 11-9-1 (lost in region semifinals)
Top players: Ally Barfield (sr.), Anne-Marie Place (sr.), Brittany Graul (sr.), Lauren Higgins (sr.), Gibbs McKinley (sr.), Mary Ford Rodes (sr.), Kristina Ralenkotter (sr.), Grace Whalen (jr.).
Outlook: "We've got a talented group of returning players, including 11 seniors, who provide great leadership on and off the field," Coach Mebit Aragaw said. "We have a tough schedule and every game will be a learning process, giving us the opportunity to make adjustments for post-season play."
Blue Devils' schedule
Aug. 18—South Oldham, 8; 20—Lafayette, 6:15; 23—Boyle Co., 10 a.m.; 27—at Scott Co., 7.
Sept. 4—Sayre, 6:15; 6—Father Ryan (Tenn.), 5; 8—at Woodford Co., 7;30; 10—Assumption, 7:30; 15—at Lexington Christian, 8; 22—at Bryan Station, 8; 25—at Lexington Catholic, 7; 27—at Grace Christian (Tenn.), 6; 29—at Tates Creek, 8.
Oct. 1—Paul Dunbar, 8; 4—vs. Graves Co. at Tates Creek, 2; 8—Clark Co., 8.
Coach: Bryson Perry (fourth season, 26-31-8)
Last season: 7-13-3 (lost in district semifinals)
Top players: Kate Heinonen (sr., G); Maddie Farrer (sr., M); Mandy Daniel (sr., M); Saydie Matthews (jr., F).
Outlook: Lafayette "will be an experienced team on paper, but will be trying to replace several four-year starters," Coach Bryson Perry said. "Defense will once again be led by four-year starting goalkeeper Kate Heinonen. (We) will be counting on offensive production to come from experienced juniors Saydie Matthews and Alex Robinson."
Aug. 18—vs. Boyle Co. at Henry Clay, 6:15; 20—at Henry Clay, 6:15; 23—vs. South Oldham at Henry Clay, noon; 30—vs. Mercer Co. at John Hardin, 11 a.m.; 30—vs. TBA at John Hardin, 5; 31—vs. TBA at John Hardin, TBA.
Sept. 3—Clark Co., 8; 8—Bryan Station, 8; 10—Lexington Christian, 8; 15—at Woodford Co., 7:30; 18—at Paul Dunbar, 6; 20—Ryle, 1; 24—Tates Creek, 8; 29—at Lexington Catholic, 7.
Oct. 2—at Madison Southern, 6; 4—vs. Lawrence Co. at Tates Creek, noon; 4—Graves Co., 8; 8—Madison Central, 7.
Coach: Terry Quigley (23rd season, 375-177-22)
Last season: 14-7-1 (lost in district semifinals)
Top players: Olivia Meck (sr., G); Bailey Browning (sr., F/M/D); Hailey Maier (sr., F); Elle Fry (sr., M).
Outlook: "I'm uncertain about (the season), but I'm always hopeful," Coach Terry Quigley said. "Our schedule is tough, but that's good because we need to know what we need to work on." The Lady Knights suffered a setback when Monica Rios injured a knee. "I'm not sure where our strengths are yet, and that's because the positions aren't set yet," Quigley said. "We need to play the Notre Dames and the Sacred Hearts to find out what our strengths are."
Aug. 18—Sacred Heart, 7:30; 21—at Highlands, 7; 30—at Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 2—Assumption, 7:30; 4—at Boyle Co., 7:45; 10—Tates Creek, 7:30; 22—Lexington Christian, 7; 24—Paul Dunbar, TBA; 25—Henry Clay, 7; 27—at St. Henry, 1:30; 29—Lafayette, 7.
Oct. 1—at Scott Co., 7; 2—at Madison Central, 7:30; 4—West Jessamine, 3; 6—South Oldham, 8:15; 8—Woodford Co., 7.
Coach: Steve Fugmann (sixth season, 64-34-6)
Last season: 9-8 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Kennedy Caneer (sr., F); Caroline Boone (sr., M); Maddie Sjogren (sr., M).
Outlook: "We have some very motivated seniors that want to achieve some special things this year," Coach Steve Fugmann said. "We have one of our deepest teams that we have had in some time with the addition of some talented and eager freshmen. It may take awhile to find the true identity of this team, but the commitment is there. If we play together as a true team, then we should be able to compete with most teams in the state."
Aug. 18—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 20—Woodford Co., 7:30; 23—at Newport Central Catholic, noon.
Sept. 3—Paul Dunbar, 7:30; 6—vs. Columbus North (Ind.) at Zionsville, Ind., 11 a.m.; 6—vs. West Lafayette (Ind.) at Zionsville, Ind., 4:45; 10—at Lafayette, 8; 13—at Ryle, noon; 15—Henry Clay, 8; 22—at Lexington Catholic, 7; 24—at Sacred Heart, 7:30.
Oct. 1—Boyle Co., 7:30; 6—at Tates Creek, 8; 8—at Scott Co., 7.
Coach: Tom Morgan (second season, 7-12-4)
Last season: 7-12-4 (lost in region semifinals)
Top players: Reilly Teal (sr., M); Alyssa Montgomery (sr., M); Morgan Tallio (sr., G); Maddie Dawson (sr., D); Katie Craft (sr., D); Meredith Nichols (sr., D); Mimi Floreal (jr., F).
Outlook: "We have a large senior class we hope can come together and have a successful 2014 season," Coach Tom Morgan said. "The girls have been working very hard this preseason and hopefully this effort and dedication will lead to success this upcoming season. We are playing a tough schedule, in addition to a very strong district, which we hope will prepare us for the postseason."
Aug. 19—vs. Madison Southern at Henry Clay, 6:15; 21—vs. Tates Creek at Henry Clay, 8; 25—at Ryle, 7; 27—at Tates Creek, 8.
Sept. 3—Lexington Christian, 7:30; 5-6—at Zionsville (Ind.) Invitational, TBA; 8-13—at Boyle Co. tournament, TBA; 15—at East Jessamine, 7; 18—Lafayette, 6; 24—at Lexington Catholic, TBA; 29—Bryan Station, 7:30.
Oct. 1—at Henry Clay, 8; 4—vs. Clark Co., at Tates Creek, 4; 6—at West Jessamine, 7:30.
Coach: Michael McKinney (first season)
Last season: 5-6-5 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Meg Croney-Clark (sr., M); Shelby Harris (sr., D); Kate Johnson (jr., M); Hannah Brady (jr., M); Ellie Bernart (jr., M); Audrey Fowler (jr., M); Isabel Green (jr., D); Ellie Alford (so., F).
Outlook: Sayre "hopes to build on progress made last season," Coach Michael McKinney said. "We have experienced senior leadership and a strong junior class. Our goal is to gain confidence and expect to win games. We will need to rely on senior defenders Shelby Harris and Tiffany Chalhoub to anchor a strong back line, and freshman Isabel Pergande will need to contribute as a strong goal-scorer to help us succeed. This year's team will go into every game with an expectation for success."
Aug. 18—at Scott Co., 6; 21—Garrard Co., 6; 25—at All "A" tourney; 28—at Bourbon Co., 5:30.
Sept. 2—Model, 5:30; 4—at Henry Clay, 6:15; 6—at Marion Co.; 17—Corbin, 6; 20—at Franklin Co.; 23—Western Hills, 6; 25—Montgomery Co., 5:30; 27—at Danville.
Oct. 1—Paris, 5:30; 3—Bryan Station; 6—at Rowan Co., 6; 9—Shelby Co., 5:30.
Coach: Bo Lankster (sixth season as girls' coach, 94-21-16; 246-105-36 in 17 seasons overall)
Last season: 21-5-3 (lost in state semifinals)
Top players: Jordan Chlebowy (sr., M); Bailey Lankster (sr., D); JoJo Gullo (sr., M); Haley Blackburn, sr., D); Kylie Russ (sr., D)
Outlook: The Commodores are coming off their best two-year run in program history, but graduated perhaps their most talented class ever. "Our team has relied upon a potent offense the past few years, but this year we will likely depend heavily on the experience of our midfield and back line," Coach Bo Lankster said. "We are going to have to find ways to manufacture offense as an entire team, not necessarily relying on a few players for scoring goals. We've got a great group of seniors who understand the challenge ahead to fuse limited experience with a lot of young players contributing major varsity minutes for the first time." The roster is junior-heavy. "We are still working to find our identity early," Lankster said, "and it might not be until mid-to-late-season when we have a better feel for what this team will look like and who will be our main weapons."
Aug. 19—vs. Clark Co. at Henry Clay, 8; 21—vs. Dunbar, 8; 23—vs. Madison Southern, 2; 27—Dunbar, 8.
Sept. 3—at Scott Co., 7; 5—vs. Noblesville (Ind.) at Zionsville, Ind., 6:45; 6—vs. Fishers (Ind.) at Zionsville, Ind., 11:30 a.m.; 10—at Lexington Catholic, 7:30; 13—at St. Henry, 2:30; 16—vs. Sacred Heart at Lexington Catholic, 7:30; 24—at Lafayette, 8; 25—at Bryan Station, 8; 29—Henry Clay, 8.
Oct. 4—South Oldham, 6; 6—Lexington Christian, 8; 8—at West Jessamine, 7:30.