After one month of season and nine games, the Raiders remain undefeated. Led by Coach Chris Huddle the Raiders have become quite the team to beat and this year is looking no different.
Starting with his inaugural year in 2016, the Raiders went 11-8 and shocked the region when they advanced to state for the first time in school history.
The Raiders returned the following year finishing 15-9 and two-time regional champs having graduated five major contributors from the 2016 team including their top three leading scorers.
The Raiders lost another six seniors going into the 2018 season, but continued to improve their record going undefeated 13 games before their first loss to West Jessamine. They finished the season 16-3. They made it back to the regional finals for the third year straight.
The Raiders once again have adjusted to a high graduation and established themselves as a traditioned program. Losing three of their top five scorers, the Raiders have had some young talent step up and fill those roles.
Returning as the leading scorer, Ethan Miller continues to be a threat. He has tallied 18 goals, two per game.
He scored five goals in the game against Morgan County in the first week of the season, and four goals in the 5-0 win over regional opponent Ashland.
He scored another four goals in the 5-0 win over Bath County and the only goal in the 1-0 win over Russell last week.
Miller has also assisted six goals and leads the team in assists and goals.
Logan Cales returns as one of the leading scorers from last season. Having to sit out the first two games, Cales came back with a fire under his cleats. He scored four goals in his first game against Greenup County and two in the 4-0 win over Prestonsburg. He has scored seven goals and is tied for second in goals with Garrett Halstead.
Last year’s team knew that Halstead would be a great addition to the upcoming season. He transferred from Greenup County and had to sit out for the majority of his junior season. He played his first game last year in the district finals against West Carter.
Halstead has been a consistent player for the Raiders all season. He scored two goals in the season opener against St. Patrick and two in the win over Morgan. He has scored in the wins over Greenup and Bath County and scored the only goal to secure the 1-0 win over Mason County.
New to this year’s team are Jacopo Volpato and Christoffer Helms-Olesen. Each have scored three goals thus far.
Shawn Greenhill, a notorious defender for the Raiders the past three seasons, has added two goals, So have Christain Winter and Treven Tussey. Tussey stepped up big scoring two goals in the Raiders 4-2 win over West Carter.
The Raiders have already had 12 players score goals and have scored 48 goals, near half way to last year’s 104 season goals.
More impressive than the Raiders’ scoring rate is their ability to keep the net clean. The Raiders have only relinquished five goals.
Breck Sargent started the season for the Raiders. He had a complete game shutout in season opener. He gave up three goals in the win over Morgan County.
Trevor Cline stepped back in as the primary keeper having had to sit out the first two games of the season as well. Cline has made 21 saves and given up two goals. He has 6 complete game shutouts.
The Raiders played Spring Valley (Huntington, West Virginia) Tuesday night. They return to action Thursday at Sheldon Clark to play Martin County at 6:30 p.m. Martin County is a 15th Region team with a record of 4-3.