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Despite starting the season without a win, the Marion County High School boys soccer team is looking sharp.
A 2-1 nail biter against Boyle County at home solidifies Head Coach Greg Conley's feelings about the team.
"They're a ranked team and went to Final Four last year. Overall this was pretty sweet," Conley said.
Not everything about the experience was sweet as Logan Conley, Greg's son, and the Boyle County junior varsity squad came from behind to beat the JV Knights 4-3.
"I had to listen to him trash talk for the rest of the weekend," Conley said.
In the varsity match the Knights attacked the Rebels early on.
"We scored within the first 10 minutes and put them on their heels. We played that way most of the half," Conley said. "They had a goal off a penalty kick. We hung with them for most of the game but there were moments where we have to catch our breath."
The Knights had chances to force a tie down the stretch but missed shots by Evan Childers and Austin Spalding would give Boyle the win.
Marion County did force a 1-1 tie with LaRue County on Thursday.
"We had 28 shots on goal to four. We could not find the back of the net," Conley said. "We did everything right but push it in. Our intensity wasn't there for the home opener. We could tell a difference from the Nelson County game. We played with the passion in the second half, like we did in the Nelson County match."
Marion County opened the season with a 4-3 thriller against Nelson County on the road.
"We took a 2-0 out of the gate. We were very pleased with the way things were going. We don't have a lot of depth and we're a young team. We can play with anyone in the state for a half but then lose our legs," Conley said. "We played with a man down in the second half after a red card. We scored a goal and tied with a man down then ran out of gas."
Evan Childers, Josh Reed and Mark Corbett scored goals for the Knights in the Nelson County match.
The Knights host Garrard County this week at home and play Monroe County in the Trojan Classic in Barren County on Tuesday of next week.