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Prep Sports Notebook: Simon Kenton girls soccer team impresses new coach in early preseason games – User-generated content

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

One of the major coaching changes in Northern Kentucky high school sports during the summer was Hillary Johnson taking charge of the Simon Kenton girls soccer program that had won five of the last seven 8th Region championships.

One week after preseason practice started, the Pioneers impressed their new coach by getting two wins and one tie against other high school teams at the Bluegrass State Games on Saturday and Sunday in Lexington.

Simon Kenton sophomore Malaya Zembrodt controls the ball during a preseason game against Henry Clay. (Photo by Ray Decker)

“I thought we had a really successful weekend,” Johnson said. “All of the players are very intelligent and coachable kids and that’s why the transition (to a new coach) has been easy.”

Simon Kenton’s head coach for the last seven seasons was Rob Zoeller, who compiled a 111-46-5 record that included a 4-5 mark in playoff games. He took the Pioneers to the state semifinals in 2016.

In May, Zoeller announced that he was leaving Simon Kenton and returning to Elizabethtown, where he was girls soccer coach two previous times. Johnson, who was Newport Central Catholic’s head coach the last five years, was hired to replace Zoeller in June.

The Pioneers posted a 9-10-3 record last season and the top three scorers graduated. But five different players scored goals in three games last weekend with freshmen putting three balls into the net.

Hillary Johnson

“While we have a lot of talent returning, we also have a lot of freshman and sophomores who are going to contribute greatly,” Johnson said. “We did a great job of getting everybody good playing time, playing different formations and playing people in different positions. And that’s the best part of the Bluegrass State Games, having the ability to do that.”

Simon Kenton has two preseason games remaining before the Aug. 8 season opener at South Oldham, last year’s 8th Region champion and state runner-up. With a strong performance in that game, the Pioneers will show that they’re playoff contenders again.

“With the talent on this team, a region championship is very much a possibility and we want to make that happen,” Johnson said. “I think they have a renewed motivation to get back to that region championship and the state tournament.”

Soccerama preseason scrimmage games for Northern Kentucky boys teams will be played Wednesday through Saturday at Dixie Heights High School. Tickets are available online at gofan. Girls teams have Soccerama scrimmage games scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Beechwood High School. Tickets are being sold on eventlink.com.

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Lucy Trump

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Source: https://www.nkytribune.com/2022/07/prep-sports-notebook-simon-kenton-girls-soccer-team-impresses-new-coach-in-early-preseason-games/

By Terry BoehmkerNKyTribune sports reporter

One of the major coaching changes in Northern Kentucky high school sports during the summer was Hillary Johnson taking charge of the Simon Kenton girls soccer program that had won five of the last seven 8th Region championships.

One week after preseason practice started, the Pioneers impressed their new coach by getting two wins and one tie against other high school teams at the Bluegrass State Games on Saturday and Sunday in Lexington.

Simon Kenton sophomore Malaya Zembrodt controls the ball during a preseason game against Henry Clay. (Photo by…….

By Terry BoehmkerNKyTribune sports reporter

One of the major coaching changes in Northern Kentucky high school sports during the summer was Hillary Johnson taking charge of the Simon Kenton girls soccer program that had won five of the last seven 8th Region championships.

One week after preseason practice started, the Pioneers impressed their new coach by getting two wins and one tie against other high school teams at the Bluegrass State Games on Saturday and Sunday in Lexington.

Simon Kenton sophomore Malaya Zembrodt controls the ball during a preseason game against Henry Clay. (Photo by…….

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