By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – McCreary Central is preparing to open the 2018 girls’ high school soccer season at home versus Whitley County on Thursday, Aug. 16. Longtime rivals, McCreary Central and Whitley County are familiar foes from neighboring regions.
McCreary Central is slated to visit Whitley County for a late-season match on October 2. The Lady Raiders’ 2018 schedule includes additional matches versus Somerset, Wayne County, Pulaski County, Casey County, Garrard County, Lincoln County, Clinton County, Pulaski County, Oneida Baptist Institute, Southwestern and Scott (Tenn.).
McCreary Central ended the 2017 season 9-9-0. The Lady Raiders lost to Somerset in the opening round of the 2017 47th District Girls’ Soccer Tournament at Pulaski County.
The Lady Raiders are under the direction of head coach Jennifer Stogsdill. McCreary Central returns a talented junior trio comprised of Makenzie Cox, Molly Phillips and Bradley Powell, each of whom netted 17 goals during the 2017 season.
McCreary Central (12th Region) competes with Somerset, Pulaski County and Casey County in the 47th District.
Whitley County competes in the 49th District and 13th Region. The Lady Colonels concluded the 2017 season 13-5-1. Whitley County fell to North Laurel in the 2017 49th District Girls’ Soccer Tournament.
Both McCreary Central and Whitley County started preseason practice following the end of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period.
The start time for the McCreary Central-Whitley County girls’ soccer match is set for 5:30 p.m..