Prestonsburg wascrowned as the champions of the 57th District in both girls and boys soccer for 2019.
Girls’ 57th District Tournament
The ladies kicked things off Monday night as it was the Lady Blackcats playing visitor to Martin County. Prestonsburg wasted little time advancing to the championship as they rolled Martin County 10-0 in the opening round.
In the nightcap Monday, it was Johnson Central taking on crosstown rival Paintsville. The Lady Golden Eagles punched their ticket to the title game as well handing the Lady Tigers a 7-1 loss in what is always a major rivalry game no matter what sport is played.
That set the stage for the best two teams in the region to meet in the 57th District championship. Johnson Central, playing on their home field, looked to make use of that advantage, but fell in the end 2-0 in a close title match, as the Lady Black Cats went on to win the title.
Martin County’s Lady Cardinals finished the year 5-14-0. The Lady Cards had two wins over regional opponents, however, was winless against other district foes. They finished with a .447 RPI rating. Paintsville ended the year with a 12-4-0 record. They defeated five regional foes, going 5-4-0 in regional play. Their district record suffered however, going 2-4-0. They ended with a .589 RPI rating. Johnson Central’s record moved to 13-4-3 with the loss to Prestonsburg, but the Lady Golden Eagles did punch their reservation to the 15th Regional Tournament.
Boys’ 57th District Tournament
On the boys’ side, it was much the same as the brackets were identical. Prestonsburg faced off with Martin County on Tuesday night. The Black Cats moved on easily as they cruised past the Cardinals 6-1. They were awaiting their opponent in the title match. The late game Tuesday featured that same big time rivalry as the girls, as it was Johnson Central and the Paintsville Tigers part two. The Golden Eagles outlasted the Tigers 7-1 to punch their ticket to face the Black Cats.
Prestonsburg pitched the shut out against Johnson Central 6-0. The Black Cats dominated the title game, which will give them a lot of momentum heading into the regional. Johnson Central will also join the Black Cats in the regional tournament, as the top two teams move on from each district.
Martin County finished the year a game above .500, at 8-7-0. In regional play, they posted a 3-7-0 mark. In a tough 57th district however, they finished 2-6-0. Their final RPI rating was .523. Paintsville finished the season with a 6-10-0 record. They defeated two regional opponents going 2-7-0, and ended district play 2-5-0. Their final RPI rating was .437.
Both Prestonsburg and Johnson Central’s ladies and gentleman will begin to prepare themselves for next week’s 15th Region Tournament. The boys tournament will be held at Martin County High School, and this year the girls will travel to Lawrence County, as they play host of the tournament. Schedule and game times will be announced.