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The Collins and Shelby County soccer teams begin postseason play next week at Anderson County.
The girls’ 30thDistrict Tournament is slated to begin Monday, with the final scheduled for Wednesday. The boys’ tourney will start play Tuesday, with the final slated for 7 p.m. Thursday.
Among the boys’ teams, Collins (11-3-2), the third-ranked team in the state, is seeded No. 1 and is the prohibitive favorite to repeat as district champ. The Titans outscored the district’s other three teams – Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties – 17-2 during the regular season. They beat the Bearcats, 4-0, the Rockets, 2-1, and the Bears, 11-1. Collins plays fourth-seeded Spencer County (2-9-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
That night’s second match, which will kick off around 8 p.m., pits second-seeded Anderson County (6-10-1) against third-seeded Shelby County (6-11-1). The Bearcats have a 4-match winning streak against the Rockets, dating back to 2010. Shelby County, however, had won three of its past four matches heading into Thursday night’s regular-season finale against Fairdale.
“Due to injuries and players being out, Shelby County has struggled this year with solidifying a consistent starting lineup and building the team chemistry that is required to keep pace with the natural ebb and flow of the game of soccer,” Rockets Coach Tony Wood said. “As a result, numerous players have risen to the occasion and played more varsity minutes than first expected. With that said, I truly believe our Achilles’ heel throughout the regular season will end up being a blessing in disguise for the postseason. Having everyone back healthy, and a bench that has gained a lot of unexpected experience this season, I'm confident that the Shelby County boys’ soccer team is ready to rise to the occasion.”
Spencer girls seeded 1st
Spencer County is the top seed among the girls’ teams. The Bears (17-3-1) are one of the top scoring teams in the state, having outscored their opponents, 116-26, including, 17-4, (Anderson County, 4-3, Shelby County, 6-0, Collins, 7-1) in district play.
Spencer County is led by senior midfielder Madison Ratchford, who ranks second in the state in goals scored (41, or 2.1 per match) and 15th in assists (13). Bears senior midfielder Hannah Jaggers leads the state in assists (24) and is second on the team in goals scored (24). Spencer County will take on fourth-seeded Collins (7-7-1) at 6 Monday night.
The Titans feature seven seniors, led by forward Lindsey Ketcham, who has 23 goals this season. Collins, however, will be without senior goalie Emily Hinkle, who had been out with a hip injury since the Titans’ loss to Shelby County on Sept. 18 before limping in for the first few seconds of Wednesday night’s match against John Hardin.
In the second match, which will kick off around 8 p.m., second-seeded and defending district champ Anderson County (5-12-2) will take on Shelby County (7-11-3). The Bearcats beat the Rockets, 5-0, Sept. 4 in Lawrenceburg. That was during youthful Shelby County’s 9-match losing streak. The Rockets, who have only one senior (defender Taylor Claspill), are 5-2-3 in their past 10 matches.
30th District Tournament pairings
Semifinals:(1) Collins (11-3-2) vs. (4) Spencer County (2-9-1), 6 p.m.; (2) Anderson County (6-10-1) vs. (3) Shelby County (6-11-1), 8 p.m.
Semifinals:(1) Spencer County (17-3-1) vs. (4) Collins (7-7-1), 6 p.m.; (2) Anderson County (5-12-2) vs. (3) Shelby County (7-11-3), 8 p.m.