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After a week-long layoff between games, the LaRue County Hawks were sluggish at the beginning of the Sept. 6 contest with Burgin.
Bus travel, heat, weather, field conditions – good excuses for a weaker team. But, the Hawks wanted none of that. Frustration was wearing thin on their faces and shoulders. Finally, in the 17th minute, senior Mason Morgan delivered a long throw-in to the waiting feet of fellow senior Alex Cook. Cook was standing near the penalty mark, turned and shot before the ball touched the ground.
Eight minutes later, junior Raymundo Perez rifled a shot toward the goal that was deflected. Fortunately, for the Hawks, Cook was johnny-on-the-spot and tapped the ball into the net.
The Hawks continued to pepper the goalmouth until Marshall Metcalf capitalized on an errant pass intercepted by Rico Collado.
Collado serviced the ball and Metcalf finished the play. Cook completed yet another hat trick with a long, cross-field pass from Metcalf.
Seniors Austin Puryear, Brock James and Brandon Lucas along with juniors Catfish Hurt and Kyle DeVary hounded the opponents and allowed only three shots on goal in the first half as the Hawks built a 4-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore keeper Holden Blair honored the defense by making four saves and three collections in the match.
Collado fed a strong, direct pass to Cook, who juked the keeper and tapped the ball into a wide open goal. Freshman Ethan Hawkins finished the scoring from a good crossing pass from another freshman, Hunter Thomas.
Loss to E’town
The Hawks lost 3-4 Sept. 4 to Elizabethtown.
Elizabethtown needed a solid effort to hold off Cook and the hard-charging Hawks.
The boys’ state leader in goals per game (2.7), Cook needed just a 36-second window midway through the first half to not only erase the Hawks’ one-goal hole after the Panthers’ early goal, but to give them the lead.
Cook notched the equalizer with 23:09 left in the first half off an assist from Metcalf before scoring again off a pass from Metcalf that he chipped in from the left side of the box.
After an own goal with 12:37 remaining in the match pushed Elizabethtown ahead 3-2, Cook was involved in the Hawks’ tying goal as he worked his way into the box before dropping the ball back to Collado, who forced the tie with his first goal since Aug. 18.