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 Optimist Youth Soccer Kicks into High Gear

September 17, 2008 - The Knightstown Home Optimist Club’s youth soccer season opened to threatening weather Saturday, but was able to get in a full schedule of 14 games. The league has 28 teams this season, with more than 300 kids involved.

The league will also hold a free soccer clinic for all players, parents and coaches on Wed., Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., behind Knightstown Elementary School. The KHS varsity team will conduct the clinic.

In third, fourth and fifth grade action Saturday, the Mighty Penguins kicked into gear with Spencer Mattix scoring two goals. Jakob Bearhope also added a score. The Tigers were also on the prowl, with Annie Moore scoring a goal. Coach Rachel Perry noted her team of mostly third graders did well for their first game.

The Bulldogs posted a goal from Isaac McRoberts, while Haley Fowler, Ciera Stephens and Kiley Morris all were standouts on defense. The Red Devils were on fire, with Steven Heady scoring four goals and Brandon Hyatt adding three. The All-Stars failed to score in their first outing, but Kiley Breece was outstanding at goalie with several stops. The Panthers were on the run with Alex Fields scoring four goals and Jordan Ventresco controlling midfield.

In junior high action, the Fusion was led by goals from Aaron Jackson and Trent McDonald. Bill Smith was hard to stop in goal with several blocks. The Hornets piled up scores from Shawn Hilton, Morganne McRoberts and Kyle Johnson. The team also had great passing from Abby Moles, Madysen Smith and Mason Campbell. Playing well defensively were Sarah Johnson, Ryan Braunschweig, Conner Stolle and John Smith. Chris Saunders was a stalwart in goal.

The first and second grade league brought out the best in the Inferno, with Jose Olivo scoring two goals and Destiny Phifer adding another.

Tyler Brown had three stops in goal and earned the nickname "The Vacuum." Joshia Moore was the team's top defender.

The Colts had two goals from Heather Jackson and one from Alexa Donoghue. Cooper Davis and Caitlyn Cooley stopped goals from scoring, and Heather Jackson knocked down two in the second quarter. Hannah Swango added a stop in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers racked up six goals from Chase Burton, and Ethan Yoder blocked 10 goals. The Little Rascals were tough, with Jesse Smith scoring a goal. On Michael Sherman's team, Connor Judd had one goal and Caleb Pyle was noted for an assist. Zeke Perriman was tough on defense. Coach Jeremy Harlow recorded goals from Katelynn Clark, Ben Furlani and Kathleen Isaacs.

The action packed pre-school/kindergarten league saw the Storm Troopers in battle against the Cheetahs. J.R. Plank scored a goal, while Emilie Moss and Cara Mullen helped with assists. The Cheetahs were on the run with Brady Ellis scoring a goal. Jack Fort added an assist. Dylan Chandler played a great game at goalie.

The Mighty Mustangs had goals from Shaylynn Allison, Blake Donoghue and Jon Harper for first-year coach Gabi Harper. Team Purple fielded three goals from Kylee Fox, and their generous opponent added a score for them as well. Makayla Kissick, John McDaniel and Connor Pyle ran hard and fought for the ball. Lauren Silcox and Olivia Sherman were a wall of iron in goal.

The Kickers failed to score, but coach J.B. Muncy has instituted two-a-day practices for this week to bring his team out of their slump. Action will continue Saturday with 14 more games as well as a KHS varsity game.


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