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Marion soccer team rolls in final home match

  • Marion's senior soccer players are honored prior to Tuesday night's match against Mt. Vernon.

    Marion's senior soccer players are honored prior to Tuesday night's match against Mt. Vernon.
    All photos by Justin Walker

By Justin Walker
updated: 10/11/2018 5:36 AM

MARION -- They took a bow, put on a show, and even took a curtain call.

The six senior members of the Marion High School boys soccer team had an entertaining final home match Tuesday night as they rolled to a 7-0 win over Mt. Vernon at Wildcat Stadium.

The win put Marion's record at 7-8-3 going into Thursday's final regular season match at Poplar Bluff, Mo., with the last two wins coming against Mt. Vernon by a combined score of 16-0.

It was the final home match for seniors Jade Chew, Nick Cornaghie, Camden Dodds, Brockton Powell, Jesse Strang and Tyson Stoecklin.

Stoecklin opened the scoring in the ninth minute with an assist from Powell, then Powell put in a fast break goal with exactly nine minutes left in the first half. Thirty seconds later, Powell scored again with Stoecklin getting an assist.

Three minutes later, Marion upped the lead to 4-0 with Hamzah Baker putting in a short goal that gave Stoecklin another assist.

Stoecklin scored his second goal in the second half with a chip shot that arched over the keeper and bounced up into the crossbar. Baker was given an assist.

It was Powell again for the sixth goal with Stoecklin collecting yet another assist and Dresden Bell made the time split with the seventh goal at the 23:57 mark. Bell's goal was assisted by Chew.

With the mercy clock in effect, the seniors were lifted to a curtain call.

The Wildcats play either Salem or Olney in the Effingham 2A Regional semifinals on Tuesday at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to play either Carterville-Herrin or Effingham on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.

Carbondale is also hosting a regional that includes Mt. Vernon, Anna-Jonesboro and Centralia. The winners of the Carbondale and Effingham regionals feed into the Troy Triad Sectional.

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