South Knox finishes unbeaten on senior night
With Class A No. 8 South Knox celebrating its senior night on Tuesday, it's not surprising who provided the Spartans with big performances.
Senior Eli Thomas had four goals and an assist, and classmate Avery Gerkin had a goal and two assists as South Knox finished off an unbeaten regular season with a 9-1 Blue Chip Conference shellacking of rival North Knox.
The win also gives the Spartans (15-0-1, 6-0 BCC) an outright league championship. Thomas' four goals moved him within one of the season total of fellow senior Tristen Dubbs, who also added a goal Tuesday. Both broke the previous school record of 26 recently. With the regular season concluded, Dubbs has 35 and Thomas 34. Gerkin's school-record assist total rose to 46, which is the best in the nation by a wide margin according to MaxPreps.
Owen Lancaster and Abe Singleton added a goal and an assist, Kylar Simmons one goal, Collin Myers two assists, and Parker Kimmell one assist. Keeper Trevor Malott had one save.
South Knox became the second Knox County soccer team to finish the regular season unbeaten, the first since Lincoln went 17-0 in 2012.
“The kids have been steady throughout the season. They haven't talked about going undefeated. They've showed up and played every game, and they continue to do that, even after we won (a share) of the Blue Chip (two weeks ago),” South Knox coach Tim Goodwin said. “The kids aren't celebrating. They know our work isn't done yet. We're looking forward to the postseason.
“It was a good senior night. We have a good group of kids, and we want to continue this journey.”
Thomas had a hat trick in the first half, and South Knox went up, 5-0. North Knox (6-9-1, 2-4 BCC) got on the board with a second-half goal by Cole Jones, assisted by Conner Hartzburg. Warriors keeper Dennis Stalcup made six saves.
North Knox tries to wrap up an unbeaten home slate on Thursday when it hosts West Vigo at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans are off until they host the sectional next week, opening against Washington Catholic at 6 p.m. Tuesday.