Soccer standout Hope Kenney earns Blitz Player of Year honors
LCHS star striker Hope Kenney received high honors for her record-breaking junior season with the Lady Indians varsity soccer team when she was named Blitz’s Player of the Year recently.
Blitz, a prep sports channel covering the northeast Georgia area, has been giving out the Player of the Year awards to the top athletes in their respective sports since 2007. The Player of the Year awards are voted on by a voting panel that consists of sports media members across northeast Georgia, as well as Georgia High School Association (GHSA) officials, sports video producers, former players and more.
Kenney, who made life difficult for opposing defensive back lines all season long, beat out a pool of talented soccer players in the northeast Georgia area to move from a nominee to one of eight finalists to ultimately being selected as the 2019 Blitz Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Kenney set a new school record for most goals scored in a season in her junior year with the Lady Indians. Kenney earned the single-season scoring record by blasting in 33 goals over the course of the 2019 season. Kenney also showed a knack for getting her teammates involved with eight assists on the year.
Kenney’s stellar offensive production marked the best in the northeast Georgia area, as no other female soccer player scored more goals this past season than Kenney did.
With her superb numbers, sensational skill and solid play Kenney played an integral role in the Lady Indians’ 2019 season and helped the team advance to the Sweet 16 round of the Class AAA GHSA Girls Soccer State Championships.
For her efforts on the pitch, Kenney received nine first place votes out of the 19-person voting panel to earn the Player of the Year honors from Blitz.
Kenney’s Player of the Year selection marks the third time in the past five seasons that a Lady Indian has won the award. Former LCHS standout Alexis Satterfield, whose single season scoring record Kenney broke this season, won the award in 2015 and 2016.
If Kenney can match her production she enjoyed on the pitch in 2019 in her senior season with the Lady Indians, then she will have a strong opportunity to surpass Satterfield for LCHS’s most career goals record.
But, for now, the rising senior was given another reminder of just how special her play was during the 2019 season with her selection as Blitz’s 2019 Player of the Year.