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The Marion County Knights soccer team got a bye in the opening round of the Fifth Region boys soccer tournament in Nelson County, but lost in the semifinals Oct. 16 to the Central Hardin Bruins, 3-0.
“We came in with high hopes, but left broken hearted,” Knights Coach Greg Conley said. “I believe it was a combination of nerves and the turf.”
Conley also noted that his team came out flat and had a hard time getting into a rhythm. Marion County goalkeeper Michael Costello had a busy first half as the Bruins were “shooting early and often,” according to Conley.
The Knights’ defense worked for the first 20 minutes of the game until Central Hardin scored to take a 1-0 lead. Satchel Tatum had a great look at the goal, but the Bruins goalkeeper got a piece of the ball, and it sailed just over the bar according to Conley.
The Knights came out in the second half much like they did in the first half. The Bruins connected on another goal to make the score 2-0.
“At that point, about two minutes into the second half, we began to play the way we are capable of playing. From that point on we had more opportunities and made it more of a back and forth game,” Conley said.
Nevertheless, Central Hardin managed another goal to push their lead to 3-0, and the Knights couldn’t overcome the deficit.
“We battled hard up until the end of the game, but the damage was already done,” Conley said.
Knights Alex Smith and Jordan Mattingly were selected to the all-region team for their efforts in the tournament.
“I want to say how proud I am of this team and this fine group of young men. It was a fun bunch to work with this year,” Conley said. “I also think we had outstanding leadership from our 4 senior captains, Satchel Tatum, Michael Costello, Nathan Shewmaker and Jordan Mattingly.”
The 2012 Knights finished up the season with a record of 13-10. The team was undefeated in district play, captured the 18th district crown, and advanced to the semifinals of the regional tournament.