Lady Blackcats win district, advance in region tourney

Prestonsburg captured its fourth 57th District girls’ soccer title in five years on Thursday, shutting out tournament host Johnson Central 2-0.

Prestonsburg captured its fourth 57th District girls’ soccer title in five years on Thursday, shutting out tournament host Johnson Central 2-0 at Eagle Field.

The Lady Blackcats also picked up an 11-1 win over Belfry Monday evening in the opening round of the 15th Region Tournament at Lawrence County.

With the wins, Prestonsburg improved to 19-2-0.

Johnson Central dropped to 13-4-3 with the loss.

Both Prestonsburg and Johnson Central advanced to the 15th Region Girls’ Soccer Tournament in Lawrence County.

Beth Burchett and Makayla Ousley scored one goal apiece to lead Prestonsburg to the district title-clinching victory.

Defensively, Prestonsburg limited tournament host Johnson Central throughout the district title match.

Goalkeeper Chelsea Samons paced the Lady Blackcats defensively, recording a shutout.

“I’m proud of the girls for capturing another district championship,” said Prestonsburg Coach Paul Burchett. “It’s our fourth title in the last five years and each one has been special in its own way. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy playing a good Johnson Central team on their home field and there was a stretch of the first half that they did a good job of taking us out of our game. I felt like we fixed some things at halftime and did a much better job of controlling the second half. We’re excited about winning the title but we’re also refocusing on trying to win another region title.”

15th Region Tournament

Prestonsburg 11,

Belfry 1

On a night when Anna Burchett netted her 79th goal to become the state’s all-time single-season scoring leader, Prestonsburg rolled in the semifinals of the 15th Region Girls’ Soccer Tournament at Lawrence County High School on Monday, leveling Belfry 11-1.

With the win, Prestonsburg advances to the 15th Region Girls’ Soccer Tournament title match on Wednesday.

Belfry ended its season 11-9-1 with the loss.

Burchett led Prestonsburg to the win, scoring six goals.

Beth Burchett and Makayla Ousley added two goals apiece for the Lady Blackcats. Ousley provided assists on three of Prestonsburg’s 11 goals in the victory.

Chipping in offensively for the Lady Blackcats, Chloe Collins, Lauren Patton and Kadynce Hackworth recorded one assist apiece.

Defensively for Prestonsburg, goalkeeper Chloe Samons limited Belfry to one goal.

“The girls played really well,” said Prestonsburg Coach Paul Burchett. “This is possibly as sharp as we have been all season, which is a good way to go into the region finals. We are excited about the opportunity we’ve got to compete for the region championship on Wednesday. The girls have worked very hard to get to this point and they seem hungry. Belfry is a good team but we were really clicking.”

In the opening game of the 15th Region Girls’ Soccer Tournament on Monday, host Lawrence County edged Johnson Central 2-1.

Prestonsburg is set to face Lawrence County in the 15th Region Girls’ Soccer Tournament title game at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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