HOWARD — It has been a long season for the East Knox soccer team. Playing their toughest schedule ever, the Bulldogs are winless thus far in 2013. They are, however, a group that has improved much since the beginning of the season.
State-ranked Jonathan Alder (12-1) had to work to put three goals on the scoreboard on Thursday. The Pioneers shut out the host Bulldogs, 3-0, but it could have been worse — their last encounter ended 7-0.
“Our intensity was much stronger,” said East Knox coach Bill Lonsinger.
The Bulldogs nearly got a goal on a Matt McDaniel header. It was one of only four shots on goal for East Knox in the game.
“That was amazing,” said Lonsinger. “We decided to move him up to center-mid and this is the best offensive game that Matt McDaniel has had. Also, Noah (Phillips) had a couple of good crosses and a couple of good shots.”
The Pioneers scored their first goal off the foot of Clay Troyer with an assist from Alex Moore at a little over 12 minutes into the first period.
The kick got past senior Bulldogs goalkeeper Joe Byers, who snagged three saves before giving way to freshman teammate Griffin Whims. Byers moved into the Bulldogs’ defensive formation, giving the Pioneers all they could handle with his size on the left side. In goal, Whims put up a game effort against a well-coached Alder offense.
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