PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg continued its dominant start in the 2019 girls’ high school soccer season on Monday, shutting out visiting 15th Region rival Belfry 6-0.

Freshman forward/midfielder Anna Burchett led Prestonsburg to the victory, netting six goals.

The Lady Blackcats hosted Belfry for a home opener. Prestonsburg faced Belfry without two-time 15th Region Player of the Year Beth Burchett, who suffered a broken arm during the first week of the season.

“It was a hot night and that showed a little in the middle of the game,” said Prestonsburg Coach Paul Burchett. “We had some girls cramp up and just get tired. But overall, I was pleased. We defended really well and worked hard all night. When Belfry got the ball, we won it back quickly. It’s not easy to keep that intensity up in this heat. But we did. Offensively, we maybe weren’t as sharp but I expected that with Beth (Burchett) out right now. But, we created plenty of chances and obviously did enough to win.”

Chloe Collins recorded three assists for the Lady Blackcats. Contributing offensively for Prestonsburg, Lauren Patton and Kadynce Hackworth added one assist apiece.

Defensively for Prestonsburg, goalkeepers Chelsea Samons and Chelsea Reynolds combined to record a shutout.

Through its first three games in the 2019 girls’ high school soccer season, Prestonsburg has outscored opponents 26-0.

Competing in the neighboring 14th Region, Prestonsburg was visiting Hazard on Tuesday. Results from the Prestonsburg-Hazard girls’ soccer match were unavailable at press time.

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