TCHS standout named Kentucky's Miss Soccer

Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012

Destinie GravesDestinie Graves, who helped lead Tates Creek High to the 2012 state soccer championship, has been named Kentucky's Miss Soccer. She also earned All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Meanwhile, the Commodores' Bo Lankster was tapped as Kentucky's Coach of the Year among large public schools. When his group secured the championship in early November, it was the school's first team state title since winning boys' soccer in 1988.

All-City Soccer

Tates Creek's girls dominated the Herald-Leader's all-city soccer selections, as chosen by local coaches. Making the first team were Destinie Graves, Elaine Simpson, Shelby Williams and Arly Lankster. They were joined by Lauren Duffy and Lindsay Elsen of Henry Clay and Mackenzie Nichols of Paul Laurence Dunbar High.

The girls' second team included Abriana McKinney, Tates Creek; Hannah McGoodwin and Hallie Scanlon, Bryan Station; Emma Ueland, Henry Clay; Margaret Kelly and Rachel Roberts, Lafayette; and Reilly Teal, Dunbar.

On the boys' side, state runner-up Dunbar paced the all-city first team with Riley Calhoon, Guillermo Clemente, Nick DiMeo, Nathan Jones and Davoud Saghaian. Joining them were Mohamed Thiaw, Bryan Station; Cameron Boone, Matt Harris, Connor Lakofka and Addison Manley, Henry Clay; Curtis Daniel, Lafayette; and Andrew Carter and Austin Magsig, Tates Creek.

The second team included John Grigsby, Bryan Station; Zachary Campbell, Henry Clay; Ben Armbruster and Dieudonne Bopata, Lafayette; and Pacific Mutayongwa, Tates Creek.

Postseason recap 

TCHSTates Creek High School captured the girls' state soccer championship Nov. 3 with a 2-1 upset of top-ranked Notre Dame. On the boys' side, Paul Laurence Dunbar was runner-up to No. 1 St. Xavier after a 1-0 battle.

After two overtimes, the Commodores secured their victory 5-4 on sudden-death penalty kicks. Tates Creek is coached by Bo Lankster, whose daughters Aaron and Bailey tallied the final two points while sister Arly played goalkeeper. Elaine Simpson scored during regulation play.

Second-ranked Tates Creek defeated West Jessamine, Murray and Bowling Green to earn a date with Notre Dame in the finals. The all-tournament team included the Commodores' Arly Lankster, Destinie Graves and Mallory Eubanks. Eubanks was named MVP, while teammate Abby Van Bussum received the Forcht Uncommon Excellence Award.

Tates Creek closed the season with a 23-1-4 record and seven straight wins after falling to Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District finals.

Previously, the Commodores were state runners-up in 1995.

DunbarDunbar's boys fell in the finals to St. Xavier, which tallied its 11th straight shutout.

Coached by Todd Bretz, No. 2 Dunbar eliminated Mercer County, Bowling Green and Henderson County en route to the title match. The Bulldogs, who had won 17 straight against in-state opponents, finished at 25-4.

The all-tournament team included Dunbar's Nathan Jones, Guillermo Clemente and Matthew Spanyer, while Davoud Saghaian received the Leadership Award.

Previously, Dunbar brought home the state championship trophy in 2005, 2001 and 1992 and was runner-up in 2003.

In October, Dunbar and Tates Creek came out on top in the 11th Region tournaments to advance to the state’s Sweet Sixteen.

Dunbar blanked Woodford County in the boys’ final. The all-tournament team included Dunbar’s Nathan Jones (MVP), Guillermo Clemente, Riley Calhoon and Davoud Saghaian, and Henry Clay’s Cameron Boone.

Tates Creek defeated Lexington Catholic for the 11th Region girls' title. The all-tournament team included Tates Creek’s Abby Van Bussum (MVP), Mallory Eubanks, Ashley Whaley and Katie Workman, and Henry Clay’s Claire Bradley and Lauren Duffy.



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