Kentucky.com previews all of the boys’ soccer teams in the city, and says Henry Clay is clearly the best.
Coach: Jason Behler (fourth season).
Rank: No. 4.
Last season: 12-9-3. 11th Region champs. Lost 1-0 in state semis to eventual champion St. Xavier.
2019 so far: 4-0-1.
Standing out: Sota Ippongi flashed near post on a corner kick and volleyed in a key goal in Henry Clay’s win over Dunbar in the 11th Region finals. Hailed by Behler for his technical ability and soccer IQ, he led the team with nine goals and five assists. Fellow seniors Charlie Boone and Tommy Svetich spearhead the defense. Tahj Jairam, Cayden Rose and Ethan Anderson also earned all-city honors. Drew Grider will be one to watch.
Quotable: “We’ve just got to start working, get effort going, realize that nothing’s coming easy to us this year. Everyone’s coming through our backs,” Svetich said.
Big games: At Highlands (Sept. 7), at Dunbar (Oct. 1).
Read the entire preview of all the city teams at this link – https://www.kentucky.com/sports/high-school/article234474562.html.