High School Sports

Bryan Station soccer has rare opportunity to clinch No. 1 seed in 42nd District

Bryan Station’s boys’ soccer team took a four-game win streak into its game at Mason County on Thursday night.

That’s the most consecutive wins the Defenders have had under fourth-year coach Manes Preptit. All have been shutouts.

Station owns 1-0 wins over Sayre and Scott County, meaning for the first time in program history it’s guaranteed at least a No. 2 seed in the 42nd District Tournament.

Station won its game against Sayre in the final five minutes. In his first three years, Preptit said, the Defenders would not have won that game.

“As the game went along and they kept pounding at our goal, we would have gotten discouraged,” Preptit said. “But this year’s different. My boys, they’re used to being on the receiving end of big losses. It’s about time we were on the receiving end of those big wins, too.”

The Defenders have won six games this season, more than half as many as they did in Preptit’s first three seasons combined (10). He’s optimistic about his team’s chances at Henry Clay next Thursday; a win there would give Station an outright No. 1 seed.

“In the past we’ve kind of been the team everybody looks forward to playing against to get those goals,” Preptit said. “ ... As of right now, from what I hear, we’re expected to lose, so there’s no pressure on us to win the game. But my boys are gonna go out there and still fight their hearts out and get that ‘W.’

“We’ve never been here before so we really have no excuses to let down.”

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps