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One word could possibly sum up the upcoming campaign for the Bardstown Tigers soccer squad — and that would be “momentum.”
The squad is fresh off its first winning season since 2000’s state tournament squad, and for Aaron Boggs, who has coached the Tigers for 15 seasons over two stints, it’s an exciting time.
“It’s going to be a fun year for us, and a pivotal year,” Boggs said. “We start the season as good as we were last year. Our expectations are to win the district. That is our goal, but we haven’t won anything yet. That remains to be seen, but we are as strong as we were last year and have about 37 players right now. So our numbers for soccer are really up this year.”
Bardstown graduated seven seniors, but only two were starters, and this year’s club is looking to continue that winning trend.
This year’s unit will feature four seniors, and only two are returning players from last season.
“We are looking to fill our spots on the field with a lot of talented guys,” Boggs said. “Obviously, we need to score, and I have a lot of confidence in our defense. We have the experience to go a long way. I’m excited for this team and can’t wait to see what we can do. It would be great to reach the district finals and play in the region.”
The Tigers figure to be led on offense by the coach’s son, sophomore Devin Boggs (24 goals), who plays one of the striker slots, along with Scott Leathers and Conner Hubbard.
“I expect to have another winning season,” Devin Boggs said. “I would love to go farther in the district, and that is one of our goals. We need to work on our defense and be more consistent, and that will come with more experience.”
Senior forward Trey Heiskell was the team’s second-leading goal scorer last year with 14, and led the Tigers in assists with nine.
Junior Pierce Bowman is also expected to be a force from his midfield position. He tallied 13 goals and seven assists last season.
“Our main goal is to make a push for the district championship,” Bowman said. “The door is wide open right now, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Junior Brady Morris takes over in goal this season after part-time duty last year.
Bardstown went 12-8-2 overall in 2013, but fell in the first round of district play 6-0 to eventual district champ Thomas Nelson.
The Tigers expect to see some tough competition throughout the season, but have had some really nice preseason practices.
“We have not had a lot of success in the past, and if I was going to win the (district) title this season, it would be with momentum and on the come back trail,” Aaron Boggs said.
The Tigers start the season on the road against Bullitt Central on Tuesday.