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South Laurel Soccer: What’s Left and What’s Ahead

Cameron Jackson, Staff Writer

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Lucas Maxey, grade 12, looking for a pass Photo: Caleb Eslinger

The South Laurel High School Boys soccer program is coming off of a two year high in which their lineup was almost completely composed of upperclassman. From 2015 until now, our Cardinals have seen the state tournament every year, recording the best season in school history (24-2-1) with an Elite 8 appearance in the State Tournament. Seniors such as Matthew Collins (27 goals and 17 assists) and Dakota Brewster (18 goals and 6 assists) led the way offensively, while Evan Boling and Antonio Bustos-Soto consistently held down the defensive side of the ball- only allowing 27 goals to be scored in the entire season.

What Can We Expect?

Going into the 2017 season, the Cardinals only return two full time defensive starters in Trevor Smith (Junior) and Cam Jackson (Senior), with a mending Clay Weaver (Who had 22 Goals and 13 Assists in the 2016 season). Having 75 Goals and 66 assists graduate from the previous year, Coach Joey Marcum is looking to upcoming seniors Connor Burns and Matthew Hacker, juniors Gage Jackson and Michael Gilpin, and a starting sophomore in Quinn Rison to compensate for the players who have graduated. In an effort to allow his team to rise to the occasion, Coach Marcum has also assembled one of the most difficult schedules in the history of South Laurel soccer- having our Cards set to play teams such as LCA (the only school we lost against in the 2016 season), Boyle County, and Model (Top 20 teams in the state).

The Road So Far

So far in the 2017 season, the Cardinals have posted an 8-5 record. Getting off to a rocky start in the first portion of the season, the team took hard losses to teams such as Boyle Co (we lost 3-5), Madison Central (0-5), and Frankfort (2-5). However, as team chemistry continues to develop, our Cardinals have managed to string together a winning streak, featuring hard fought victories over teams such as Corbin (Won 3-2 in OT), East Carter (Won 3-2; this is the team the 2016 Cardinals defeated in the Sweet 16 of the State Tournament), and Rowan County (Won 3-2). Overcoming the aforementioned adversity, the Cardinals have posted a 3-0 record in relation to seed matches (Matches that determine standing in the District Tournament) over Whitley Co., Corbin, and OBI.

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