Soccer Knights wrap up third seed

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights varsity soccer team played three games last week on the road, defeating Taylor County and Franklin County before losing to John Hardin.  
Saturday night, the Knights traveled to play John Hardin. Despite starting two games strong early in the week, the Knights seemed to be off.
“We came out flat and got behind 3-0,” Head Coach Greg Conley said. “We did not have the same passion that we had Thursday night.”
Marion County’s lone goal in the 3-1 loss was scored on a follow up shot by Noah Swencki after Satchel Tatum’s shot went off the crossbar.   
Last Thursday night, Marion County went on the road to take on Franklin County, a state ranked team. Both the head and assistant coach from Franklin County had played under Coach Conley when he was the headman at Lafayette, and it was also the Flyers’ senior night. The Flyers scored early in the game, but the Knights fought back.
“They scored two minutes into the game, but we settled down and began to possess the ball and tied the game at one before the half,” Coach Conley said.  
The second half went back and forth and goalkeeper Michael Costello had a superb performance.
“Michael had a career night, turning away everything that Franklin County shot at us,” Coach Conley said.
Satchel Tatum got a bit of a lucky bounce over the Flyers’ keeper and off the cross bar to add the winning goal for the Knights in a 2-1 victory.
“It was a very hard fought team effort and probably the best we have looked in several weeks,” Coach Conley said.
On Tuesday of last week, the Knights traveled to Campbellsville to play the Taylor County Cardinals in a district game. This game was played on the Cardinals’ senior night as well, and the Knights came away with a 4-2 victory.  Christian Carmona collected a “hat trick” by scoring three of the four goals while Dylan Spalding put in the fourth.
The district victory over Taylor County puts the Knights in a three-way tie for the second seed in the district with Boyle County and Danville. At the district draw held Sunday, the Knights were awarded the No. 3 seed and are set to face Garrard County on Monday night at Danville in the first round of postseason play. Marion County has two more regular season games remaining, both at home.  Yesterday, the team took on Bethlehem and results were unknown as of press time.  Saturday, the Knights will take on Berea in the season finale, which will also be senior night for the team.