For the first time since 2008, the West Jessamine mens’ soccer team took home the 12th region title and landed itself a spot in the final 16 teams in the State Tournament. The big victory came against heavy favorited Boyle County. The Rebels (17-5-0) came into the matchup as the popular favorite against the Colts (14-8-2).
Sophomore Josiah Holifield got things rolling with an early first-half goal to give West momentum. Senior Joseph Kang iced the match with a second half goal off a corner from Michael Murphy to stretch the lead for the Colts to 2-1, which ended up as the final score.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my guys,” said senior Wes Holifield. “We all really came together after the tough district title game loss. It made us a lot closer” said Holifield.
It was only the second time in school history that West has won region; it was also the first region title for head coach Brock Sutherland. Low expectations didn’t hold the Colts back at all. Not even expected to make it out of the District tournament, they exceeded all expectations and took region and almost advanced a round in state after a narrow 1-0 loss to Highlands. It was a magical season for the Colts, a region crown and 1st team all- state honors for senior goalkeeper Wesley Holifield.
It was one to remember, but the team next year is already looking to repeat as region champs.