VERSAILLES - The FC Kentucky U12 Girls’ soccer team won the Soccer Village Challenge Cup in Woodford County over the weekend, claiming a state championship. Hosted by Kentucky Youth Soccer Association, the Soccer Village Challenge Cup is the state championship tournament held at the end of the club season for U11 and U12 boys’ and girls’ select teams.
FC Kentucky U12 outscored opponents 8-2 en route to capturing the title. The Eastern Kentucky-based girls’ soccer team defeated Louisville Soccer Club and Kings Hammer Soccer Club, a squad from Northern Kentucky, to win its pool and advance to the championship match. In the title tilt, FC Kentucky U12 defeated DCR, a team from Louisville.
The FC Kentucky U12 girls’ soccer team consists of six players from Floyd County (striker/center back Beth Burchett, outside back/midfielder Jillian Kidd, outside back Katie Moore, center midfielder Makayla Ousley, center back/center midfielder Grace Trust and outside back Alyssa Willis), five players from Johnson County (goalie Hope Auxier, left midfielder Lauren Johnson, outside back Haley Lykins, outside back/midfielder Konstance McCarty and striker/outside midfielder Cleo Wells), two players from Lawrence County (outside midfielder Hayleah Fletcher and striker/outside midfielder Sarah Lycans) and two players from Perry County (outside midfielder Bella Dawhare and outside back/midfielder Brittany Miniard).
In pool play on May 18, FC Kentucky blanked Louisville Soccer Club (LSC) 2-0. Beth Burchett broke away from the LSC defense to score the game’s first goal and giving FC Kentucky a 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 until Burchett scored again with a one-touch finish on an exceptional cross from Sarah Lycans. Burchett’s second goal came with about 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Defensively, FC Kentucky goalie Hope Auxier held Louisville Soccer Club scoreless.
FC Kentucky managed to defeat Kings Hammer 4-1 in an elimination game that determined the pool play winner. The win over Kings Hammer allowed FC Kentucky to advance to the championship game.
FC Kentucky stunned Kings Hammer with a goal by Makayla Ousley from about 20 yards out to take a 1-0 lead only 40 seconds into the first half. Then, about 10 minutes later, Burchett broke free the opposing squad’s defense and scored to give FC Kentucky a 2-0 lead.
Just seconds before the end of the first half, Lauren Johnson delivered what appeared to be the third goal but the score was taken away on a questionable off-sides call. FC Kentucky added its third goal about 12 minutes into the second half when Makayla Ousley placed a perfect corner kick in front of the goal that deflected off of a Kings Hammer player and went into the net.
Bella Dawhare wrapped up the scoring for FC Kentucky with a one-touch finish on a cross from Brittany Miniard.
Avoiding a shutout, Kings Hammer netted a goal late.
FC Kentucky outlasted Louisville-based DCR 2-1 to win the state championship. Beth Burchett got FC Kentucky on the scoreboard, beating two defenders to the goal at the six-minute mark of the first half.
Not to be outdone, DCR struck back with a goal of its own to tie the game 1-1.
The score remained 1-1 at halftime.
FC Kentucky, however, picked up its pace in the second half and had numerous shots on goal but could not break the tie. With about 10 minutes remaining in the game, Beth Burchett took a free kick from about 35 yards out. The Beth Burchett-kicked ball sailed over the DCR defense and the opposing team’s goalie deflected it to keep it out of the goal. A hustling Ousley came charging in and finished the rebounded ball for the game-winning goal.
The FC Kentucky defense did its job over the final 10 minutes to notch the win and earn the state championship.