By Tony McGuire
The Hazard boys soccer team will start the season with a new coach at the helm as long time Bulldog supporter David Bates will lead the team. Bates is a well-known and respected soccer coach, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and energy to the program.
Although numbers will be a problem for the Bulldogs, Coach Bates is happy with what he sees on the field. “We have three seniors and eight sophomores as of now. They are all experienced players who have come up through the rec league.”
Hazard’s first test was on Saturday as they participated in the Prestonsburg Soccer Rama. The Bulldogs played four teams in a 20 minute format. They took on Menifee, Estill, Paintsville and Pikeville on the evening.
In the morning session, the Bulldogs took on Menifee County and Estill County. Hazard and Menifee County were playing to a 0-0 tie, when in the last seconds of the game, Menifee County chipped in a shot for the 1-0 win.
Hazard and Estill County both struggled with their offense in the second game, and ended the contest with a scoreless tie (the Bulldogs had one goal called back due to an offside).
In the evening session, Hazard played Paintsville and Pikeville. The Bulldogs and the Tigers played to a 0-0 tie in the first game, while the Bulldogs were able to connect on the last second shot against Pikeville to notch the 2-1 win.
Photo by Tony McGuire Hazard’s Cameron Johnson clears the ball from his defensive position.