Knox Central’s soccer teams earn District Titles

Grace Leforce, Ashley Visoso, Jordan Collins, and Jobeth Hopper with their All-District team medals.
Grace Leforce, Ashley Visoso, Jordan Collins, and Jobeth Hopper with their All-District team medals.

The Knox Central High School Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer Teams traveled to Bell County to play in the District Championship game. The girl’s team faced Middlesboro and the boy’s team faced Bell County. Both teams lost, but earned the runner-up title as they came in second place in their district. The girls fell to Middlesboro 10 to 0 and the boys were defeated 1 to 0.

Peyton Payne dribbles past a Bell County defender.
Peyton Payne dribbles past a Bell County defender.

The Knox Central girl’s team started out strong against Middlesboro. It was clear that the girls were feeling pumped at the start of the game as they communicated well and did a fantastic job defending. The Panthers held strong for the first 20 minutes of the game until Middlesboro’s No. 17 managed to get past the Knox Central defense and place one in the back of the net. After that, the Panthers seemed to lose their confidence. Middlesboro’s No. 17 and No. 11 spent the entire game taking turns scoring on the Panthers. Knox Central fought hard and had several good moments where they worked the ball up the field to the offensive third.

Photos by Jessica Miller Shannon Smith takes a shot.
Photos by Jessica Miller
Shannon Smith takes a shot.

The awards ceremony for the District Championship was held after the game where the All-District Teams were announced. Knox Central’s Jobeth Hopper, Grace Leforce, Ashley Visoso, and Jordan Collins made the team. Both Knox Central and Middlesboro were then called out to the center of the field to receive their team awards. Middlesboro was named the District 50 Champions and Knox Central was name the District 50 Runners-up.

The Knox Central boy’s team had a much closer match against Bell County. The Bobcats scored early against the Panthers and defended their 1-0 lead the entire game. The teams were evenly matched and Knox Central gave it their all out there on the pitch. They created several opportunities to score, but unfortunately could not finish. Jeremiah Sharp, Jeremiah Bargo, Keegan Wagers, and Peyton Payne were all named to the All-District team for Knox Central. Following the announcing of the All-District team, Knox Central and Bell County walked out to the center of the field where Bell County was name the District 50 Champions and Knox Central was named the District 50 Runners-up.

Both the Knox Central Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer Teams travelled to Corbin Monday night to play in the Regional Tournament. This is the farthest that the Knox Central teams have ever gone in school history.