The postseason is here for East Carter soccer.
Both teams, after having a successful regular season, have their sights on a regional title.
The Raiders (12-3-1) entered the postseason Monday night with the best record in the 16th Region. They were undefeated (8-0-1) against 16th Region opponents having tied Boyd County 1-1. They went into the district tournament with the number one seed.
The Raiders will rely on Ethan Miller to continue his successful season. Miller ended the regular season with 27 goals, matching last year’s season, and seven assists.
Miller scored in all but four games this season. He scored a hat trick in the last two games before the district tournament, three goals in the 7-0 win over West Carter and another three goals in the 4-3 loss to Hurricane, West Virginia.
Miller has dominated the Raiders’ offense, however, his efforts have not gone unassisted.
Together returning players Logan Cales and Garrett Halstead added 17 goals. Halstead scored eight goals and helped lead the team in assists with seven assists.
Newcomers Christoffer Helms-Olesen and Jacopo Valpato scored six and five goals, respectively. The Raiders ended the regular season with a total of 67 goals.
The Raiders’ defense was just as sound as their offensive production this season. With Trevor Cline returning to the net, the Raiders shut out nine teams. Cline picked up eight complete game shutouts.
The Raiders’ regular season was highlighted by some big wins over regional opponents. They defeated Russell in two contests. A tight first game ended with the Raiders on top 1-0. In their second clash, the Raiders defeated the Red Devils with a bit more room for error, 5-0.
The Raiders also defeated Ashland and Bath, 5-0. Their tie against Boyd County made a statement. The Raiders 2018 season ended in the regional finals 2-0 against Boyd. The Raiders hope to see a different result come if they come across Boyd in the regional tournament.
The Raiders faced Greenup County Monday night in the first round of the district tournament. They defeated the Musketeers 10-0 during the regular season. The 62nd District championship will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at West Carter Middle School.
The Lady Raiders had equally successful regular season. They finished their regular season above .500 with a record of 8-6-2.
The Lady Raiders had big shoes to fill. They were left to fill in for 71 goals scored by Taylor Hall in the 2018 season.
The job was left to Makenzie Burnett, Alyssa Stickler, and Hannah Kelly. Burnett led the Lady Raiders scoring 19 goals during the regular season. Stickler and Kelly each scored nine a piece and led the team in assists. They tallied 13 and nine assists respectively.
The Lady Raiders went 5-3-2 in the region. They lost to Russell, Rowan and Ashland. They knotted the score 4-4 against a much improved Fleming County and 2-2 against Boyd County.
They came close to edging out 15th Region opponent Lawrence County, however, fell 2-1. They ended their regular season against rivals West Carter. They defeated the Lady Comets 5-0 to secure the number one seed in the District tournament.
They Greenup County Monday night as their first postseason game. They defeated the Lady Musketeers 9-0 during the regular season. Burnett scored four goals and tallied one assist during the Raiders regular season encounter.
The 62nd District Championship will be played on Thursday at 6 p.m. at West Carter Middle School.