The Pulaski County Maroons soccer team certainly went out on a roll on Thursday night.
Taking on visiting North Laurel in the last home game of the season, Brad Hewitt’s club simply dump-trucked the Jaguars on its final game of the year at PC Field.
The Maroons outclassed the Jaguars from the opening whistle, scoring a season-high 11 goals, while posting their eighth win in their last nine games with an 11-4 beatdown over North Laurel.
“Any coach wants to see their team get better as the season progresses, and that’s what we’ve been able to do this year,” stated Hewitt, after his club improved to 9-6 on the season with the win.
“Hopefully, we will not peak until state (tournament),” Hewitt added.
For Pulaski County, it was a total team effort, led by Derek Arias and Riley Crawford, as both PC players posted four goals each in the win.
Crawford and Arias each scored a pair of goals in the opening half, helping the Maroons race out to a 6-1 lead, before a goal from Tim Newkom trimmed the deficit to 6-2 at the half.
A score from Ricardo Coria had gotten the Jags on the scoreboard, but PC countered that with scores from Chase Nelson -- who scored off a header from a corner kick from Kamil Cook – and the Maroons also got a goal from Austin ‘Square Head’ Feck.
The win guaranteed the Maroons to have a winning season for 2017 – a far cry from the end of August – when Pulaski County was struggling with a 1-5 record six games into the season.
“The kids have worked very hard, and I don’t want any credit for the turnaround – it’s all because of these kids and how hard they have worked to get better,” pointed out coach Hewitt.
“They put it all on the line, and you have to have leadership from the seniors, and that’s where it comes from, and our seniors have just been great this year,” Hewitt added. “They are a very good group.”
Crawford and Arias each scored two goals in the second half, while Liam Cox also found the nets, rounding out the scoring for PC.
North Laurel – who fell to 3-11 with the loss – got another score from Newkom in the second frame, while also getting a score from Alex Coria, but it would not be enough as the Maroons rolled to the 11-4 victory.
Pulaski County will close out its regular season later today, as the Maroons will travel to Campbellsville to take on the Taylor County Cardinals.