SHS boys’ soccer wins in first round of Marion County tournament

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Eli Beck

Senior Ootsa Marn takes a free kick to try and put the Cards up 2-0 against the Franklin Central Flashes. Marn's kick sails just over the top of the goal.

Although the SHS boys’ varsity soccer team ended the regular season with a loss, the team was able to keep their season alive with a win over the Franklin Central Flashes on Sept. 30. The Cards ended the season with an 11-3 record and rolled over the Flashes 2-1 in the first round of the Marion County Tournament.

The team faced some struggles with injuries but ultimately still found a way to pull out the win. The Cards’ goalie senior Thawng Za Cung suffered a leg injury late in the first half, but junior Arohn Mantun stepped up. 

According to head coach David Stroup, Mantun has just as much skill as their starting goalie and having him off the bench is huge for their team. Mantun proved Stroup right as he made a number of saves for his team throughout the night.

The Cards and the Flashes were scoreless after the first half, but the Cards were eventually able to break the seal halfway through the second half with a goal from junior Patrick Oberc. The Cards were able to put another point on the board with a goal from junior Rodrigo Romero just a few minutes after the first goal. 

The Cards gave the Flashes a sliver of hope when they let a penalty kick hit the back of the net with six minutes to go in the second half. However, the Cards were able to shut down any opportunities the Flashes had to try and tie the score. 

The Cards are scheduled to take on the PMHS Falcons in the second round of the tournament on Sept. 2. The Cards lost their last match against the Falcons 4-2 on Aug. 28.  According to Stroup, the team is looking to bounce back strong after the loss to the Falcons earlier this season.

“Hopefully we come out Wednesday and play the game with some fire,” Stroup said.