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Oct. 2 was another senior night, another victory for the Hawks soccer team.
The Hawks have played against three other teams enjoying senior night and emerged victorious. This night was no different.
The Hawks whipped the Tigers of Bardstown 8-0.
Honored by their teammates, families and friends were nine seniors: Ryan Abell,
Rico Collado, Alex Cook, Brock James, Brandon Lucas, Marshall Metcalf, Mason Morgan, Austin Puryear and Tyler Skaggs. All nine started along with junior Catfish Hurt and sophomore keeper Holden Blair.
After an all-day rain, the field was soggy and soft. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the home field could not slow down the explosive Hawks. It took 90 seconds for Morgan to loft the ball over the defense to Cook who outraced the entire defense to rocket the ball past the keeper. Another 20 minutes lapsed and James, playing midfield, crossed the ball to Metcalf, who knocked the ball into the back of the net.
At halftime, the coaches reminded the players about the history of Bardstown and LaRue County rivalry. Capable of coming back and scoring, Bardstown was a formidable foe. Seniors Puryear, James and Lucas put the team on their broad shoulders and promised to deliver – no goals. With juniors Casey Brooks and Hurt, that promise was delivered. So focused was this defensive unit that Blair only had to record only two saves. The Hawks outshot the Tigers, 24-4.
The second half started slowly.
Then, the senior trio of Cook, Collado and Metcalf continued their individual and team collective assault on the state record books.
Cook scored five goals during this second half along with an assist. This gives him 11 consecutive matches of scoring multi-goals. Metcalf added two more assists giving him 39 for the season and 13 consecutive matches with an assist.
Collado continued his mastery of foot skills and ball control while scoring his
15th goal and 17th assist of the season. Hurt played another strategically smart and calculating match by delivering a long downfield pass to Cook.
A solid gutsy performance was viewed by all. My friend and fellow coach
Derek Bell was complimented by the opposing coach, remarking that this Hawk squad was the best team they have faced all year.
LARUE COUNTY 5, TAYLOR COUNTY 1.
The visiting Hawks matched North Hardin with the most wins in the 14-team region by thumping the Taylor County Cardinals Thursday, who have dropped six straight.
Collado and Cook each had two goals and one assist for the Hawks. Morgan added one goal and one assist and Metcalf had two assists.
LaRue County outshot Taylor County, 23-1.
Thank you, seniors, for a great year. Fans, grab another chance to see this wonderful group of young men. The district championship match will be played 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Marion County.