By: Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – A longtime rival awaits the McCreary Central girls’ soccer team. The Raiders will open the 2017 season on the road at Clinton County on Thursday, Aug. 17.
High school soccer teams from throughout the state are preparing for season openers.
The Raiders, under the direction of head coach Jennifer Stogsdill, aren’t scheduled to play at home until exactly one week later when Scott (Huntsville), Tenn., visits.
McCreary Central is slated to host Clinton County in a return match on Sept. 8.
The Raiders have additional regular-season matches scheduled versus Somerset, Knox Central, Bell County, Whitley County, Pulaski County, Casey County, Lincoln County, Garrard County and Southwestern.
McCreary Central competes in both the 47th District and the 12th Region.
The Raiders concluded the 2016 season 3-17. McCreary Central lost to Pulaski County in the opening round of the 2016 12th District Girls’ Soccer Tournament. Pulaski County blanked the Raiders 6-0.
Pulaski County is the reigning 47th District champion.
West Jessamine is the defending 12th Region champion.
The Raiders will look to show improvement early in the 2017 season. McCreary Central exited the 2016 season on a 12-game losing streak.
Oneida, Tenn., shut out McCreary Central 5-0 in a 2016 season opener.
Sophomore Rylie King, the leading scorer from the 2016 season, is back for McCreary Central. King started to excel for the Raiders as a young freshman.