NEW MARKET — Southmont honored their soccer seniors Thursday and those seniors combined with their teammates for pair of wins.
The girls team dominated South Vermillion 7-0. Those same two teams play next Thursday again at South in the bye game of the their Class 2A sectional tournament.
The boys team got a goal in the first five minutes of the first half which turned into all the scoring of the night, as the Mounties picked up a 1-0 confidence-boosting win over Sagamore Conference foe Western Boone.
The girls got three goals from Lexie Odum and two each from Jordan Stanley and Marissa Craig, as they scored early and never looked back against South Vermillion.
The Mounties record improves to 6-4-2 overall while the Wildcats remain winless in eight tries.
Hannah Nichols picked up a pair of assists, along with Craig, Addison Charles and Elle Gray. South got three goals in the first half and four in the second.
“It was a great Senior Night,” Mounties coach Phil Keller said. “We move forward as we learn more things. Our defense did a great job on their side of the field and that set up our offense for their own great night. It was a good team win as we get ready for the sectionals.”
Those sectionals start next week at home for the Mounties, as they host a 2A tourney. They will play the same South Vermillion team they faced last night.
“We can’t overlook anyone,” Keller said about facing the same team next week. “South Vermillion is a good team with good players. They like to play a physical game, so we have to be ready.”
The Mounties defense kept goal keeper Belle Miller idle for the night, as the sophomore stopped only one soft shot on goal late in the match.
Offensively, they peppered Wildcats goalie Ashley Chubb with 28 shots, and there were several other kicks that went just wide or hit cross bars.
Odum was one of the four seniors honored, along with Claire Remley, Mia Myers and Sierra Riddle.
“Our seniors have provided excellent leadership,” Keller said. “There have been some great times and some rough times, but it’s always been interesting. They have done a fantastic job helping teach the younger players what it means to be a Mountie.”
BOYS PICK UP CONFERENCE WIN
The boys team scored once, less than five minutes into the match, but that was all they needed in the 1-0 conference win over the Stars.
South moves to 2-11-1 on the season and 2-5 in the Sagamore, while WeBo falls to 1-15 overall and 0-7 in the league.
Becket Jett took a perfect corner kick from Beck McIntyre with 35:01 on the first-half clock and put it in the net. It was a good goal, obviously, but even better for Jett and Mounties fans after the junior left last Saturday’s match in an ambulance after a back injury.
“Beckett did some rehab the last couple days,” South coach Brandon Rash said. “He said he felt good today and was ready to play.”
The Mounties kept the ball in their offensive end for most of the night, considerably cooler than previous days.
“We never gave up,” Rash noted. “We came out hard and controlled the game. We have really worked hard on being more aggressive, and that really came through tonight.”
The defense made goal keeper Nicholas Curtis’ job easy, as the freshman needed to stop only six shots. South put 20 shots on Stars goalie John Jackson.
“Christian Worth played a really solid defensive midfield,” Rush said of the sophomore. “Our defense works hard to get the ball to the outside, which allows us to push the ball and prevent shots.”
The Mounties also honored their three senior players, Tyler Etcheson, Takeshi Greiner, Connor Osborn and manager Tyler Brown.
“Our seniors have amazing attitudes,” Rash said. “They keep the team positive and they really are part of the family-mentality we have. They are great friends and greater teammates.”