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Last week was a difficult week for Marion County boys soccer coach Greg Conley.
Conley received two yellow cards in the game against North Hardin and was not allowed to coach in the team's next threegames, including the team's last regular season game.
Now that his three-game absence is over, the Knights are preparing to make a run in the regional tournament at Nelson County High School. The team began play in the tournament last night against Central Hardin.
"I knew they were ready to play in the postseason and they proved that by winning the district title Thursday night," Conley said.
Conley described the championship game against LaRue County as the most physical game of the entire season.
"We had several yellow cards and LaRue County had at least eight yellow cards and one player was ejected in the second half with a red card after receiving his second yellow card due to blatant fouls," Conley said.
The Knights led 3-1 at the half, and the score remained that way throughout the remainder of the game. Goals were scored by Satchel Tatum, Nathan Shewmaker and Chase Lancaster. Joey Costello assisted on Lancaster's goal.
Marion County defeated Hart County in the opening round of the district tournament rather easily.
"It took us about 20 minutes into the game to get rolling," Conley said. "We scored two goals before the half due to the fact that they were packing in the penalty box with defenders and making it very hard to score a goal."
The team changed their strategy at the half in hopes of opening up the Hart County defense.
"That method worked very well and we were able to punch in another four goals to make the final 8-0 and place us in the district finals," Conley said.
Satchel Tatum and Joey Costello each scored a pair of goals against Hart County. Dylan Spalding, Brandon Knopp and Alex Smith also put in goals. Jozeph Fontain also was able to collect his first ever varsity goal in the game. Ryan Brady and Brandon Knopp recorded assists in the game.
Joey Costello was named the most valuable player of the district tournament. Satchel Tatum, Michael Costello and Nathan Shewmaker joined Joey Costello on the all-district team.