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Soccer: Knights take third in Boots & Butts Classic

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Coach also earns 200th victory over weekend

By Gerard Flanagan
Sports correspondent

The Marion County Knights traveled on Sept. 8 to play the Hart County Raiders.
The Knights pulled out a victory, 8-2.
“We played very, very well and I was pleased with the game,” Knights Coach Greg Conley said.
For the Knights (6-4), Dalton Hammond, Alan Guzman, Blake Thompson and Kelly Mattingly scored one goal apiece. Colby Hood and Dylan Bradshaw scored two goals apiece. Guzman also had four assists.
Following their game against Hart County, the Knights traveled to Hopkinsville to play in the Boots and Butts Classic. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Knights played the Christian County Colonels. The Knights pulled out a victory, 6-1.
Guzman had a hat trick for the Knights, scoring three goals. Hood had two goals, while Justin Elder tacked on another goal for the Knights. Goalkeeper John May had nine saves in the match as well.
The win against the Colonels was Conley’s 200th victory as a head coach.
Following an impressive win, the Knights played the Marshall County Marshals on the same day, Sept. 12. Unfortunately, the Knights were defeated, 3-1.
“It was a physical match,” Conley said. “I was a little frustrated with the officiating.”
Conley also cited several silly mistakes his team made in the game. The Knights also lost Travis Huellenmeier to a concussion in the match.
Guzman had the lone goal for the Knights, off a set piece Conley described as “beautiful.”
On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Knights played the Paduch-Tilghman Blue Tornadoes. The Knights won, 3-2,  to take third in the tournament.
Hood scored the game winning goal for the Knights, while Guzman also punched in two goals for the Knights. May had 10 saves for the Knights. Conley said this game was also physical, as five yellow cards were handed out.