Three standouts from Madison County were recently named to the 2020 All 11th Region Teams.

Madison Southern freshman keeper Claire Cress was a second-team selection, while Madison Central's Tristen Hornsby and Model Laboratory's Payton Sparks were honorable mention honorees.

Cress made a big impact in her first season at the varsity level for Southern (6-5-1). The freshman appeared in 12 games and recorded 185 saves (more than 15 a game) while allowing only 25 goals.

Cress had four shutouts and also scored a goal and had an assist. She had a shutout in a win over Madison Central in the 44th District Tournament semifinal and registered 15 saves in a loss to Henry Clay in the first round of the 11th Region Tournament.

Sparks was the anchor of a rock-solid Model defensive unit this season.

The Lady Patriots (7-5-0) allowed only 12 goals all season and won their first district title since 2009.

Sparks -- a sophomore defender -- had a goal and two assists. Model posted six shutouts and allowed more than two goals in a game just one time.

Hornsby -- a junior striker -- played in only 10 games for Central (4-9-1) before suffering a serious knee injury. She still finished the season with a team-best nine goals and six assists.

Hornsby had three goals and two assists in a win over Bryan Station on Sept. 12 and three goals and one assist in a win over Estill County on Sept. 14.

Model Patriots honored again

The Model Laboratory boys varsity soccer team was recently awarded the Team Academic Award for the 14th time by the United Soccer Coaches.

Other Kentucky winners of the 2020 award include Danville, Highlands, Lexington Christian Academy, Trinity and West Jessamine.

The award was created to recognize student athletes' commitment to excellence in the classroom.

For a team to be considered, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official eligibility roster for the season.

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