Lady Mustangs make it eight straight
The McCracken County Lady Mustangs picked up their eighth-consecutive First District soccer title on Thursday night at Jetton Field, as a hat trick from senior Olivia Bogaczyk and another score from senior midfielder Molly Thomas were the highlights in a 4-0 win over the St. Mary Lady Vikings.
And while Bogaczyk picked up her 23rd, 24th and 25th goals of the season in the ninth, 21st and 48th minutes (respectively), it was Thomas — netting her first of the year, in the 15th minute — giving the Lady Mustangs an important 2-0 lead.
“This is just the first step in making it to the next level, which is what we’ve been striving for all season,” Thomas said. “We just have to keep this fire underneath us. This needs to be the beginning of everything.
“Our offense has always had this awesome connection, and it’s just gotten stronger and stronger throughout the year. I think it’s just been from playing with each other (so much) and having a positive attitude. Honestly, this team has had a better relationship off of the field than any other team that I’ve ever been on, and I think that has everything to do with it.”
Thomas is currently second on the team in assists (with seven, behind Hillary Hollowell’s eight), and according to McCracken County coach Chris Lacey, it’s his longtime midfielder who has the keys to drive the team bus.
“She never makes it about her,” Lacey said. “If you just put her on the stage to take some credit and boast about herself just a little bit, and with every right to do it … she won’t. It’s never about her. I’ve coached her about seven years now, and she’s been like that since the first day I coached her. And she’s just developed into a great student of the game, a great reader, and a fantastic player.”
The Lady Vikings had their best chance to remove the shutout in the final 20 minutes of the match, when a foul led to a penalty kick for sophomore forward Vanessa Becker.
Becker, who calmly buried one in the 1-0 win against Paducah Tilghman earlier this week, had the wind pushing from behind. And with all-district goalie Karsyn Allard bouncing between the posts, Becker went high, and it sailed over the crossbar … preserving the shutout.
With the win, McCracken County will host the First Region Tournament at Mercy Health Field next week, and face Murray in the opening round.
The Lady Tigers fell to Marshall County 9-1 in Thursday’s Second District final at Mallary France Field in Murray.
MCCRACKEN COUNTY 4, ST. MARY 0
First Half — 9’ MC Olivia Bogaczyk (unassisted), 15’ MC Molly Thomas (Davis Dubrock assists), 21’ MC Olivia Bogaczyk (Amaya Wilkey assists).
Second Half — 48’ MC Olivia Bogaczyk (Natalie Taylor assists).
Shots: MC 23, SM 3. Saves: MC Karsyn Allard 0, SM Anistyn Thomas 11. Corners: MC 2, SM 0.
MC 10-3-2 (3-0), SM 3-8-1 (2-3)
Karsyn Allard, McCracken County
Hailey Arnold, McCracken County
Olivia Bogaczyk, McCracken County (MVP)
Haidyn Green, McCracken County
Hillary Hollowell, McCracken County
Molly Thomas, McCracken County