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Ben Tonkel (2) scored three goals as the South Laurel Cardinals rolled over visiting Middlesboro Tuesday evening, 10-1. The Cardinals played host to Southwestern Thursday night.

It might not have been against the toughest competition, but any time a team can score 10 goals a coach has to be pleased.

South Laurel boys’ soccer coach Joey Marcum was just that after his team downed visiting Middlesboro, 10-1, Tuesday night.

“Our team played well,” Marcum said. “I asked them to come out strong and aggressive and they did exactly that.” The Cardinals (2-2-0) scored nine goals in the first half. Not bad considering they were without three regular players.

“We had two players out injured and one at another sporting event so some younger players had to step up and they really did.”

The first goal came less than a minute into the match when Noah Bronnert found Ben Tonkel for the first of his three goals. After Logan Watkins’ goal two minutes later made it 2-0, Middlesboro got one of those goals back to cut the lead to 2-1.

From that point on it was all South Laurel.

Tonkel (2), Matt Collins (2), Rivers Adkins (2), Daniel Poston and Dakota Brewster rounded out the first half scoring for the Cardinals. The final goal of the game was scored late in the game by Conner Burns off an assist from Cam Jackson, both freshmen.

“I give a lot of credit to Coach Millett from Middlesboro,” Marcum said “He has recruited a group of strong, athletic young men (many that are new to soccer) and only had one week of practice as a team. As they work together they have the potential to become a very strong program.”

Speaking of strong programs, South Laurel faced Southwestern last night in what Marcum anticipated would be a tougher match.

“We will need every player to hit the field strong, because we may be missing some key players again,” Marcum said.

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