Last year, Henry Clay knocked on the glass ceiling that is high school soccer in Kentucky, a sport dominated by private schools since play began in 1979. The Blue Devils were the first public school to even take one set in the state finals.
Ranked No. 4 in the state this preseason and returning experience that includes 6-foot-4 Penn State commit Kaitlyn Hord and more depth, Coach Dale Grupe’s says his team is ready to build on the history they’ve made.
“We’ve been fortunate. I think we’ve built a pretty good program,” he said as his team prepared to play in the preseason Bluegrass State Games. “I think the biggest thing is we compete so hard in practice and in matches — we’ve played such a tough schedule over the last several years that I think it’s just gotten us better and better every year.”
That schedule includes a competitive pack of city rivals many of whom have been helping turn out college-level players year-in and year-out.
And while Henry Clay might be the favorite to win the 11th Region again this year, every city coach has reason to expect this season to be one of their best.