PRESTONSBURG – New head coach Paul Burchett is poised to guide the Prestonsburg High School girls’ soccer program. Burchett replaced Scott Porter as the Prestonsburg girls’ soccer team’s head coach.
“Coach Scott Porter did a fantastic job over the last five years, building the program to be one of the top in the region and we’re looking forward to keeping that going,” Burchett said. “In 2013, we were district runners up and region runners up. Last year, we were district runners up and region semifinalists. We lost eight seniors off of last year’s team, but I’m very excited about having seven returning starters and a strong incoming freshman class.
Burchett expects several players to excel during the upcoming season.
“I’m expecting big years from our three captains – seniors Hannah Little and Jackie Kidd and junior Carly Burchett. Jackie was first team all-region last season, while Hannah and Carly were both second team all-region. We also have a second team all region goalie in senior Maddy Ousley, who I feel is one of the best in Eastern Kentucky.
“Junior Kaylee Williams is another returning second team all region player, so we should have a really strong nucleus of upperclassmen to go with strong classes of freshman and sophomores.”
Burchett was eager to begin practice with his squad.
“This will be my first season as the head coach and Andy Headley is helping as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach for the first time, which is going to be a great addition to the program,” Burchett added. “The girls will kick off their season with four mini scrimmages at the Soccer-Rama on August 1 at StoneCrest. It’s a great event that features eight girls teams and eight boys teams from around Eastern Kentucky. Each team will play 4-20 minute scrimmages during the event. It’s a great way for people to come out and see what several of the teams in our area are going to look like this year. It’s always a fun day. The girls will play in the morning and the boys in the afternoon.”
The Lady Blackcats concluded the 2014 season 11-8-3.
Prestonsburg is slated to host rival Pikeville in an early-season home match on Aug. 18.
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