At a formal ceremony at 1:00 p.m. today, the Sacred Heart Academy Valkyries Varsity soccer team will be honored as the number one team in the country by MaxPreps.com, America’s most popular media company devoted exclusively to the coverage of high school sports. The team earned their sixth State Soccer title on November 3, 2018 with a 2-1 win over the Highlands Bluebirds. This is SHA Varsity soccer’s 6th state title since 2002.
The MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard recognizes the finest high school soccer teams in the country. At the ceremony, representatives from the Army National Guard will present the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments throughout the 2018-19 soccer season. The MaxPreps ranking system takes into account quality wins and strength of schedule, and the teams must win their State Championship and be highly ranked nationally to even be considered for the honor.
SHA Varsity soccer players earned numerous additional honors throughout the season:
Head Coach Libbey Smith: Kentucky Private Coach of the Year
Ashley Durik: 2018 Ms. Soccer; 2018-19 Midway University/KHSAA female student athlete of the year for soccer; 1st team All-state; 1st team All-region; 7th Region Player of the Year; United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region team.
Brielle Heuglin: 2nd team All-state; 1st team All-region
Addy Lancaster: 2nd team All-region
Camille Barber: 2nd team All-region