The Marion County Knights held prolific scorer Alex Cook and the LaRue County Hawks in check Thursday night as they won the championship of the Boys’ 18th District Soccer Tournament, 3-1 in Lebanon.
Cook, a senior striker, scored twice in the teams’ regular-season meeting and had the Hawks’ goal Thursday night, but the Knights had built a 3-0 lead before he found the back of the net with 4 minutes left in the first half. Senior Marshall Metcalf had the assist.
“They just outplayed us,” said LaRue County coach Chuck Holloway. “We played well, and that’s all I need to say.”
Even though they didn’t win the district title, the Hawks (15-5) can take solace in the fact they’ll be playing in the 5th Region Tournament at Nelson County next week. The draw is tonight at 6 in Bardstown.
“They’ve had a good season,” Holloway said. “The trip to region is well-deserved.”
Junior keeper Holden Blair had two saves.
Cook, Metcalf and junior midfielder Jacob Hurt were named to the All-Tournament Team.
GIRLS’ 18TH DISTRICT SOCCER TOURNAMENT FINAL: MARION COUNTY 1, LARUE COUNTY 0. The host Lady Knights scored in the first half and their defense made it stand up as Marion County blanked LaRue County (6-8-2) for the second time this season.
The Lady Hawks were held without a shot on goal.
Senior keeper Kasey Wells made 10 saves.
“We maintained possession of the ball majority of the game, had great sportsmanship on the field and played with heart,” LaRue County coach Laura Kudrna said.
Junior forward Abby Modrowski, sophomore forward Rachel Wolf and freshman midfielder Nichole Thomas were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Both teams advance to next week’s region tournament – which begins Monday – at Central Hardin.
“We are very proud of this group of girls,” LaRue County assistant coach Becky Hawkins said. “They’ve give us everything we’ve asked them for and more. We have enjoyed this season and are excited about playing at region.”