A.J.'s Freshman season of high school soccer is now in the books. His team lost in the Regional Final last night, 2-1. A.J. scored the only goal for the Colts in the loss, his 13th on the year. He finished the season second on the team in goals scored (13) and assists (6), including 4 goals and 2 assists in the Regional Tournament, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Perhaps the most exciting game of the year was a 1-0 victory in the District Championship game, where A.J. scored the game's only goal with less than 9 minutes to play to win his school's first district title since 2008. A.J. even made the paper:
Mom and Dad were invited to the middle school for a special ceremony where Essie was named Student-of-the-Month for her 6th grade "team" for September. She was labeled by her teachers as mature, dependable, resilient, and empathetic.
AJ is coming down the homestretch of his first season of varsity high school soccer, and the team is really coming together nicely. They are currently 9-3-1 and in the midst of a 6-match win streak that included a 3-0 win over district opponent Mercer County that had beaten them 11 times in a row. Here are some photos taken by a parent of one of A.J.'s teammates:
vs. Franklin County (1-0 win)
vs. Franklin County
vs. Franklin County
This amazing photo was taken during a 5-0 loss at Mercer County, just two weeks before West broke their losing streak to Mercer in a 3-0 home win.
A.J. heads home his second goal of the season in a 5-2 win at Scott County.
And here's video of A.J.'s goal vs. Scott County.
A.J. strikes home his third goal of the season in a 7-0 rout of cross-town rival East Jessamine.
A.J. and his best friend Jamin pursue the ball against Mercer County.
A.J. takes a chance against Mercer.
A.J. with a cross against Mercer.
A.J. and teammates celebrate the third goal of their breakthrough win over Mercer.
This amazing photo shows A.J. leaping for a header against Bourbon County.
vs. Sayre School
vs. East Jessamine - AJ's fourth goal of the year.
vs. East Jessamine - AJ's fifth goal of the year
Goals 6 &7 on the year in a 10-0 rout of LaRue County