HALL OF FAME
GIRLS' SOCCER: Tiger stalwart signs with SCC
April 14, 2014Bardstown High School
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm
After a classic and sensational career playing for the Bardstown Tigers, senior striker Kindsay Miller-Riney will make her way into the college ranks.
The local soccer standout recently signed with the St. Catharine Patriots, and will pursue her future endeavors on the next level.
“This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Miller-Riney said. “But, I chose SCC because they offered everything I was looking for. Their soccer program is one of the best, plus it is close to home. I had offers from Lindsey Wilson, ECTC and Kentucky Christian, but SCC just felt right. It really excites me to be able to play soccer in college.”
The senior — a four-year starter during one of the most successful runs in Bardstown history — looks to study nursing and majoring in the medical field or perhaps physical therapy.
“I know it will be tough, but I have to train hard and play my best,” she said. “I know it will take a lot of practice, and I am looking forward to it. I will miss my bond we had as a team at Bardstown, but I am willing to adapt and do what it takes to perform in college.”
Although Miller-Riney’s high school tenure will come to an end, it is not without much of success and declaration. The senior netted more than 100 goals while dishing out over 50 assists in her four years at Bardstown.
“She was instrumental for our team, and played with a high level of skill,” Tigers head coach Martin Bodkin said. “She scored a lot of goals, and I really don’t think we have seen the best of her yet. She really excels in short distances, and it will be really hard to replace her. SCC plays in a tough conference, but I think she will adapt very quickly.”
St. Catharine features a brawny soccer program, and participates in the NAIA Division I. The Patriots went 13-7 last year and 5-4 in Mid-South Conference play.
“Kindsay has a lot of foot skills, and technically plays the game really well,” SCC soccer coach Paul Patton said. “I first watched her play when she was a sophomore and she was a good scorer then. I think she will fit in just fine, she is a quality player and we have a nice group of players returning, so hopefully she won’t have a lot of pressure on her.”
The Tigers went 57-30-2 during Miller-Riney’s four years as a starter, with a district championship in 2011 and a trip to the region finals in 2012. Bardstown struggled in 2013 after being hit hard by graduation losses, but Miller-Riney led the Tigers to an upset of a ranked Thomas Nelson squad in the 19th District semifinals and nearly knocked off Nelson County in the district championship. The Tigers beat LaRue County in the region before falling to Central Hardin in a shootout.