The postseason has arrived.
District soccer tournaments get underway this week. The 38th District boys’ tournament starts at Pendleton County on Monday, the 38th District girls’ tournament starts Tuesday at Mason County, and the 61st District boys’ and girls’ tournaments get underway Monday at Fleming County.
Here’s a brief look into each tournament:
An all-Maysville 38th District final is possible if St. Patrick and Mason County can come away with wins in their semifinal games on Monday.
Mason County and Pendleton County will kick off the tournament at 5:30 p.m. The Royals beat the Wildcats, 5-3, on Sept. 12 behind two goals each from Brock Gilligan and Nicholas Thomas. Gavin Cracraft had the other for Mason County. Pendleton County had three different scorers in their regular season meeting, but the biggest threat to find the back of the net is Conner Harper. The senior has 43 goals this season, good for 2.7 per game.
St. Patrick got off to a 4-0-1 start to the season, but have gone just 2-7-1 since. They came away with a draw and a win to close out the regular season, but have been trying to figure out the right formula for success with starting goalkeeper Caleb Poczatek expected to miss the tournament. The Saints take on Harrison County following the first semifinal on Monday. The two did not meet in the regular season.
The Thorobreds are 5-7-2 on the season and have only played one game against district opponents. Harrison County beat Mason County in Augusta, 4-0. St. Patrick and Pendleton County did not meet in the regular season, but the Saints and Royals played twice. The two Maysville teams tied, 4-4, in the first meeting and Mason County came away with a 1-0 win the second time around.
Pendleton County has claimed the last three titles. The championship game is scheduled to be played Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.
The 61st District Tournament gets underway Monday at Fleming County with Rowan County taking on Menifee County at 8 p.m. The Vikings are 18-1-0 on the season and have a perfect 8-0 record in the 16th Region. Rowan County beat the Wildcats, 9-1, to open the season. They also beat Fleming County, 5-0, and Bath County, 5-1, on back-to-back nights.
Menifee County finished the regular season with an 8-5-1 record, but three of their five losses were against 61st District teams.
Fleming County and Bath County will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Panthers started the season 1-3-1, but have gone 9-4 since. They beat Bath County in overtime, 1-0, with Christian Fronk scoring the game winner. The Wildcats enter the tournament with a 6-7-0 record.
Rowan County has been 61st District champion since joining the district in 2012. The 2018 championship is scheduled to be played Thursday at 8 p.m.
Mason County, St. Patrick and Pendleton County will aim to dethrone three-time defending 38th District champion Harrison County when the tournament kicks off Tuesday at Mason County.
The Wildcats and Fillies get the tournament going at 5:30 p.m. Harrison County is 7-6-1 and 2-0-0 in district play with a 6-0 victory over Mason County and a 10-0 win over Pendleton County.
Mason County and St. Patrick meet in the second game on Tuesday. The Lady Royals are 5-5-3 overall and 0-1-2 in district play. The Lady Saints are 1-9-2 and 0-1-1 in district play. Mason County and St. Patrick tied, 2-2, when they met at Wald Park on Aug. 14.
The championship game is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fleming County has the best record in the 16th Region at 11-3-1, but has gone just 1-2 against 61st District opponents. The Lady Panthers get their postseason started on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Bath County, who beat Fleming County, 4-1, on Sept. 10.
The Lady Cats are 9-4-1 and also have a district win over Menifee County.
Rowan County enters as the favorite and will take on Menifee County Monday at 6 p.m. The Lady Vikings enter at 10-6-1, but have a perfect 3-0 record against district opponents and have outscored them, 17-1. Rowan County beat Menifee County, who enters at 1-11-0, on Sept. 5, 6-0. Menifee County picked up their only win in their regular season finale at Greenup County, 3-1.
Rowan County has claimed the district title each year since joining the 61st in 2012. The 2018 championship game is scheduled to be played Thursday at 6 p.m.