Blackcats blank Sheldon Clark, win via mercy rule


By Steve LeMaster - slemaster@civitasmedia.com



PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg dominated visiting Sheldon Clark to win 10-0 via the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Mercy Rule in a 57th District boys’ soccer match on Thursday.

With the win, Prestonsburg moved to 2-0.

Sheldon Clark started its season 0-1 with the loss.

The Blackcats entered the week prepared to host 57th District foes Paintsville and Johnson Central in back-to-back games Tuesday-Wednesday.

“Overall, we are happy with the win but understand that we still have a lot of work to do before we play Paintsville and Johnson Central,” Prestonsburg Coach Emily Rizzo confided. “We were able to see a lot of our strengths, but also a few weaknesses play out in the past week. The team has been working hard to correct any issues before these next big games. The boys know that they can’t sit back and rest after this win. There is a lot at stake in terms of district seeding these next few weeks.”

Phil Cornett scored a game-high five goals to lead Prestonsburg to the district win.

Dean Andler was the only other Blackcat to score multiple goals. Andler added two goals for Prestonsburg in the win.

Rounding out the Prestonsburg scoring, Nate Blackburn, Zion Echols and Cameron Goble chipped in one goal apiece.

Nick Caudill provided assists on three of Prestonsburg’s 10 goals in the winning effort.

Defensively for the Blackcats, goalkeeper Dalton Trusty recorded the shutout.

Rizzo is pleased with how several of her players are performing.

“We are very happy with how well Phil Cornett and Nick Caudill have been working together,” Rizzo commented. “Their assist and goal stats speak for themselves. We are proud of Cameron Goble, our only freshman on the team, for scoring one of our first goals this year. He has been a great utility player that we have put at many different positions so far this year. Dalton Trusty has already shown a huge increase in his confidence from last season. He is much more dependable and can be relied on when called upon. We are very excited about our senior defensive line, consisting of Dalton Goble, Dylan Cline, Seth Ramsey, and Zach Skaggs. There have been a few hiccups to start the season, but they are very solid and have started to really work together as a unit. I look forward to them continuing to improve over these next few key games coming up.”

Prestonsburg was set to host Paintsville on Tuesday night. The Blackcats are scheduled to entertain Johnson Central on Wednesday night.

By Steve LeMaster

slemaster@civitasmedia.com

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.

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