The Estill County girls’ soccer team defeated Breathitt County by a score of 3-0 in Wolfe County on Thursday night to capture the 54th District Championship. The victory secured Estill’s position as a top-seed heading into the 14th Region Tournament where the Lady Engineers are looking to repeat as champions.
As is often the case in big games like this, the upperclassmen for Estill carried the bulk of the load. Seniors Autumn Tipton and Megan Scott seemed to put the team on their backs in their attempt to secure this district title.
Tipton was the catalyst early for the Lady Engineers. Her dynamic play created scoring opportunities for Estill and she was able to find the back of the net twice in the first half to put her team up 2-0 at halftime.
Scott, who saw a first half shot ricochet off the crossbar, blasted one into the back of the net in the second half off an assist from Tipton. Scott also assisted Tipton on one of her first half goals.
The defense had a rather clean game, not allowing Breathitt to create many scoring opportunities all game long. Goalkeeper Savannah Brewer never felt threatened, securing her fifth shutout of the season.
The only negatives for the Lady Engineers on the night came from the official’s pocket. Brittney Fowler, Alexis Hall and Autumn Tipton each received yellow cards for fouls committed in the second half. These warnings did little to impede Estill.
With the victory, Estill retained their position atop the 54th District. Since realignment in 2012, the Lady Engineers have defended their title and are a perfect 15-0 in district play over that span.
But as they move on from that celebration, their focus now shifts to the defense of a different title, the 14th Region Championship.
Following last year’s fantastic season that saw Estill win, a program record, 18 games and capture the first girls’ soccer regional title in school history, the Lady Engineers are looking to repeat.
Standing in their way is the team they defeated in last year’s championship game, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars. The two teams will face off in the regional semi-final for the first time, with the winner advancing to take on the winner of the Perry County-Breathitt County game.
The 14th Region Tournament takes place at Perry County Central High School. The semifinal games take place Oct. 18, with the final set for Oct. 20.
Letcher Central defeated the Lady Engineers in Estill earlier this year by a score of 1-0, with the goal coming in the game’s final minute.
The Lady Engineers enter this year’s tournament in a new position. Being the title holders, the target is on their backs, with Letcher and Perry both looking to avenge last season’s defeats.
It remains to be seen how Estill will handle the pressure as they head into this game from a new position. Will the experience of last season benefit them or will the weight of the moment be too much? Heavy is the head that wears the crown.