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NKY and Top KY Teams Summary at regular season ends

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Not alot of discussion this year.  I think people are happy some soccer has been played.  We are all happy for this years Seniors, in particular, and hoping things continue to get through playoffs!

I've been lucky enough to see many of these teams, and in looking at several top team scores from Lex Cath tournament, here is a summary:

NKY is competitive again and has several of the top teams in the state that will battle for one spot in the 9th ninth region. 

Highlands - Still the team to beat with 2 wins over NDA.  Their formula for success is simple - Very Good Coaching + Kids play their guts out + excellent goalie play = Very tough to beat.  If you want to beat the Birds, be ready to scrap for 80 minutes and have a plan create scoring chances.  Coach gets the most out this group.  A good win over Dixie and only loss to Paul Laurence Dunbar.

NDA - As big, fast, and athletic as any team in the state.  Physical Talent all over the field and their A game is tough to match.  They don't always bring their A game and Highlands seems to have their number.  Playing well of late based on their scores.  5-1 victory over Dixie is a good showing.  Dixie has some very good wins and might be a top 5 team in state.  Other wins over Lex Cath, SK, and very good Cincinnati St. Ursula.

Dixie - Real talent in midfield and Up top.  They play physical, make things ugly, and its effective in high school soccer.  I don't think they were able to push NDA around like they do other teams.  Close game against Highlands and looks like they put it on Paul Laurence Dunbar (good team) 4-0.

Simon Kenton - Will probably make the Sweet Sixteen.  They have several high level players, are well coached, but overall do not have the depth of talent that they have had in past years.  Good win vs. Assumption.  Close losses to Lex Cath and Paul Laurence Dunbar, and a pair of lopsided losses to NDA

Cooper - Cooper is currently undefeated!  I have not seen Cooper play, but are clearly pretty competitive this year.  They have 2 ties, Dixie and Covington Holy Cross.

Lexington - Others Please add commentary 

Lex Cath, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Frederick Douglas, and Lafayette all look to be competitive based on scores that I'm seeing.  Scores indicate close games amongst them and beating each other. 

Lex Cath might be top team in this region - I did see Lex cath play vs. NDA.  They are very fast and athletic.   Wins over SK, Sacred Heart, Assumption, and Paul Laurence Dunbar make them a top team in the state.  Looks like they split with Assumption 1-1 on the year and their only other loss 1-0 to NDA.

Louisville - Have not seen any Louisville team play.  Please add comments.  Once again, it looks like Assumption and Sacred Heart have good teams, but maybe not dominant talent they have in the past.

 

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After seeing many of the NKY teams this year, I think top 3 are Highlands, NDA, and Dixie. I don’t think Highlands beats NDA a 3rd time this year during regionals. Granted, it was only 1 game each, but I was more impressed with NDA than Highlands. Rounding out the top five would be SK and Cooper. Cooper has only played 2 teams with winning records this year.

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Upon further review on my comment about Simon Kenton, it looks like South Oldham is playing well and could be tough from Region 8.

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