Prestonsburg shuts out Pikeville, 10-0

Prestonsburg, pictured during its media day earlier in the month, blanked 15th Region rival Pikeville 10-0 in a girls’ high school soccer match on Tuesday.

PIKEVILLE — Prestonsburg continued to dominate on Tuesday, shutting out host Pikeville 10-0 in a girls’ high school soccer match.

But the match proved to be costly for the Lady Blackcats. Prestonsburg lost senior midfielder Beth Burchett to a broken arm early in the match. However, Burchett is expected to be back soon.

“We obviously did fairly well but probably not as sharp as we were in the Letcher Central game one night earlier, “ said Prestonsburg Coach Paul Burchett. “We lost Beth Burchett 10 minutes into the game with a broken arm, so that played a big factor in it. We hope to get her back in a few weeks and we have a good enough group to hold the fort down in the mean time. But losing the two-time region player of the year is a blow. It will be a good chance for other girls to step up and try to fill the void until we can get her back out there. So far, the prognosis for Beth looks good.”

Prestonsburg moved ahead early and never faltered in the girls’ high school soccer match, pulling away to defeat homestanding Pikeville convincingly.

Anna Burchett led Prestonsburg to the victory over Pikeville, scoring six goals and dishing out one assist.

Makayla Ousley and Beth Burchett rounded out the Prestonsburg individual scoring, netting two goals apiece.

In addition to scoring two goals, Ousley distributed a match-high three assists for the Lady Blackcats.

Goalkeeper Chelsea Samons led Prestonsburg defensively, recording her second straight shutout in the young 2019 girls’ high school soccer season.

The match served as a season opener for host Pikeville.

With the win, Prestonsburg moved to 2-0.

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