West Carter soccer headed into the postseason this week. They hosted the first round 62nd District tournament on the West Carter soccer field Monday and Tuesday night.
It was rebuilding year for both the Comets’ programs. The Lady Comets under new direction of head coach Emily Hammond rose to the occasion. On top of new leadership, the team was also short-handed with a roster of 14 players.
Despite the odds, the Lady Comets finished at .500 with a record of 8-8-1. They finished second in the 62nd District.
Their season was highlighted by an All “A” 16th region championship. They advanced to the All “A” Sectionals where they fell to a tough Prestonsburg team.
The team rebounded picking up wins over Menifee County, Morgan County and Bath County.
They were led by Kassidy Adams who scored 17 goals and assisted four. The sophomore forward stepped into a leadership role. She scored in the Lady Comets’ wins over district opponents Greenup and Morgan County.
During the Lady Comets’ last encounter with the Morgan County Lady Cougars, Adams scored two goals to assist the team in a 3-2 win.
It was left up to junior goalkeeper Riley Madden to keep the Lady Comets fighting. It has been nothing short of an action packed season for this young keeper. She ended the regular season with 190 saves averaging over 10 saves per game.
The Lady Comets took on Morgan County Tuesday night during the first round of the district tournament. The championship game will be played at West Carter Middle School at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.
The Comets did not have as successful of a season. They struggled to rebound from last year’s graduation. They finished the season with only four wins, 4-11-0.
However, they picked up wins over Morgan County and Greenup County to give them the second seed in the district tournament.
The Comets’ scoring was split between Jacob Brenham, Garrett Wolfe, Tanner Lewis and Cade Carter. Brenham led the team with five goals while Wolfe added another four. Lewis and Carter scored three goals apiece.
West Carter’s keepers have been key. Similar to the Lady Comets, the Comets’ keeper has had quite the workout. Hunter Sammons, stepping for Jody Ingles who graduated last season, made 225 saves during the regular season. He average 15 saves per game allowing only 34 goals.
The Comets started the postseason Tuesday night against Morgan County. The championship game will follow the girls’ championship game Thursday night.