The Richmond Register

October 3, 2013

H.S. SOCCER: Southern rolls on Senior Night

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

BEREA — The Madison Southern Eagles picked up their third win in three nights Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over South Laurel on Senior Night.

The Eagles got all the scoring they needed in the first 12 minutes of the game, then played lock-down defense the rest of the way to earn their fifth shutout of the year.

Senior Elijah Sexton, who has spent the last 12 games in goal, got the start at his customary midfielder position and quickly took advantage of the opportunity.

Sexton scored the Eagles’ first goal at the 32:43 mark after aggressively taking the ball away from a Cardinals player just outside the box, then blasting the ball past the keeper into the right corner of the net.

Less than two minutes later, Sexton once again found the back of the net, beating the keeper with a laser-shot to put the Eagles on top 2-0.

Fellow senior Lukas Gabbard finished off the scoring, firing in a goal at the 28:41 mark.

Southern coach James Ray started the eight seniors on his squad — Sexton, Gabbard, Tyler Conley, Eli Harned, Nick Prior, Chad Wagers, Nick Wallace and Jamison Wyrik.

After the quick start, the Eagles weren’t quite as sharp in the second half, something Ray said could be attributed to the back-to-back-to-back games.

“We came out and got our couple of goals and we did what we needed to do. I wanted to look a little bit crisper, but the third game in three day’s will do that to you,” Ray said. “It was just a good night to have a celebration for our young men who have worked really hard over the past four years. The good part of doing this is it gives those seniors who don’t get to play a lot a chance to start. They work really hard in practice and do a lot of good stuff for us.”

After the hectic schedule this week, the Eagles get a few days break before closing out the regular season on the road at East Jessamine on Oct. 10.