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The Marion County Knights and Lady Knights did battle in order to raise awareness for breast cancer during a double header on Oct. 8. The lines were painted dark pink in honor of the occasion, and door prizes were given to the women in the audience.
“It felt great and we did a great job of painting the field up and lighting the lanterns and getting everyone involved,” Knights Coach Greg Conley said.
The Lady Knights (5-10-2) started the evening with a heated game against the Montgomery County Lady Indians (4-9-3).
Lady Knight senior forward Coleen Rakes scored the first goal for the Lady Knights nine minutes into the first half. Junior forward Noel Obata scored their second goal later in the first half, but the Lady Indians would respond with a goal of their own.
Cold air however, was not enough to chill tempers in the second half.
Rakes was given a red card for allegedly punching another player.
She said the other player fell and that it was an extremely bad call.
“He’s a very, very, very bad ref,” Rakes said.
In defense of her, Lady Knights Coach Devin Johnson also was ejected for questioning the referee’s calls.
“There’s a time when to just let it go,” Johnson said after the game. “You know, I’m young, I’m hot headed, I just said one thing too much.”
He said he was defending Rakes.
“If I can look a girl in the face and ask her, ‘Did you punch her?’ and she looks me straight in the face and says ‘no,’ it’s hard not to believe it.” Johnson said. “I didn’t see a punch, but I wasn’t in the best position that he apparently was (in).”
Johnson went on to say the referee was very inconsistent that night.
The Lady Indians tied the game in the second half, leaving the score 2-2.
From there, the Lady Knights will enter into district play without Johnson or Rakes.
Johnson said the Lady Knights will need Rakes more than himself for the remainder of the season.
Assistant Coach Jonathan Engstrom will take command of the Lady Knights during gameplay.
During the second game of the night, The Knights (14-6) defeated the St. Francis Wyverns, 4-0.
“They seem to be peeking at the right time” Conley said about the Knights. He said he hopes they can continue to play at the level they did.
Senior Forward Brandon Knopp said October was the best month to play soccer and that he thought they’ve played to their full capabilities.
Knights defeat Eagles
Like a scene straight out of a movie, the Knights defeated the Bethlehem Eagles with just six seconds left on the clock.
The game came down to a penalty kick fired off by senior forward Joey Costello.
“I was praying to God that it went in the net,” Costello said.
This was the Knights last regular season game, and the victory had special meaning to the team. It means that they have gone undefeated on their own turf.
“We had to work for it tonight but it’s a great way to end the season,” Conley said.
The Eagles (7-13-1) actually scored in the first few seconds of the game and kept their lead 1-0 for the first half.
“That doesn’t happen 99 out of 100 times,” Conley said about the Eagles goal.
“They’re a very competitive team,” Knopp said.
Now, the Knights will head into the district tournament against opponents not yet known. On Monday night, Campbellsville and Hart County played in the district opener.
Marion County was scheduled to play the winner of that game at 8 p.m. Tuesday (after press time) at Marion County High School.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will play the winner of the match between LaRue County and Taylor County for the district championship. The championship match is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday at Marion County High School.
The Lady Knights open their district tournament against Hart County at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a match at Marion County High School.
The winner of that match will play the winner of Wednesday’s LaRue County/Taylor County match for the district title. The girls championship match will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday at Marion County High School.