By Tommie Kendall
The inaugural soccer season at Henry County High School came to an end last Thursday afternoon, but the 13 junior varsity players, coach Shannon Snider and some others in the county are already thinking about next year.
They are thinking about future games, future seasons, and the possibility of a varsity team when they step on the field again.
"Overall, it was a good, positive season to start with and build from," Snider said of the team's one win, eight losses and one tie. "I was really pleased with the progress the girls made as the season progressed. They're already talking about next season, and I've already had interest from upperclassmen about playing."
According to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association rules, soccer is a contact sport, which means players in middle school cannot play against juniors or seniors or even be on the same team, ruling out upperclassmen from playing during this past season. But with the possibility of a varsity team starting up next season, the 13 players on the JV roster could represent Henry County until their senior year.
The JV team started its season on Aug. 23 at Oldham County, losing 6-0. The Ladycats then lost to Walton-Verona (2-1) in their only home match, tied Owen County (0-0) and lost to Walton-Verona (1-0) on a goal with just 30 seconds left. They then traveled to the Shelby County Tournament, losing to Shelby (3-0) on Sept. 14 and defeating Burgin on Sept. 15 (5-1). Henry closed out its season with a North Oldham loss (9-0), Oldham County loss (9-0) and Shelby County loss (3-0).
"We were competitive for most of the games, but had problems scoring goals," Snider said. "That's always a struggle with new teams. But a lot of first-year teams won't win a single game. So for us to win one and tie another was very good.
"Playing with just 13 was a little tight this year, it got kind of tough, but I think we have the girls here to play varsity next year," Snider added.
The Ladycats were composed of six eighth graders: Emily Vegh, Taylor Stanley, Danielle Raisor, Victoria Paynter, Jessica Crain and Sara Browning; six freshmen: LeeAnne Brent, Darci Goddard, Hannah Hughes, Kaitlin Perkins, Heather Willis and Shannon Woods; and one sophomore: Becky Dunavin. These 13 players have paved the way for future soccer teams at Henry County High School.
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