Source: The Corydon Democrat

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Panthers win 5th MSC soccer title

October 08, 2013

With a 10-4 route of Scottsburg on Sept. 23, the Corydon Central boys' soccer program secured its third straight Mid-Southern Conference title.

The Panthers were led by Indiana University recruit Cory Thomas, who tallied six goals and two assists in the victory.

Thomas also became the all-time leading goal and points leader in the Panthers' program history, passing Brent Salomon (class of 2004). Isidro Chavez also scored twice with the other goals coming from Grant Robinson and Austin Whittington.

Defensively, the Panthers played strong with junior Grant Smith and senior Noah LaMure stepping up. In addition, seniors Nick Smythe, Austin Whittington and J.D. Higginbotham, as well as first-year seniors Dalton Arnold and Garrett Dunaway, continued to play well defensively.

The Panthers jumped all over Scottsburg, taking a 4-0 lead in the first 25 minutes of the game, while playing their best soccer of the season, according to coach Jeff Salomon.

Chavez opened the scoring on an assist from Thomas for a 1-0 lead. In quick succession, goals by Robinson (assisted by Thomas), Thomas (Robinson) and Thomas (Chavez) again put the Panthers up 4-0.

After Scottsburg scored, Thomas netted the game winner (unassisted) for a 5-1 lead. Later in the half, Chavez got his second goal and the half ended with the Panthers up 6-2.

In the second half, goals by Whittington (Chavez) and three more from Thomas sealed the victory. With his six goals and 14 points in a single game, Thomas surpassed his previous best of five goals and 13 points, setting two more Corydon Central records.

This was the fifth title for the Panthers in seven years of MSC play. In addition, since the inception of MSC soccer in 2000, the Panthers have topped the MSC standings in 10 of the 14 years that the MSC has played the sport.

For the first seven years of play, the MSC did not field enough teams to crown an "official" conference champion. During that period, the Panthers were at the top of the standings of the four schools (Corydon, Charlestown, North Harrison and Scottsburg) in five of the seven years.

Within MSC play this year, the Panthers went 5-0-1, outscoring opponents 35-7.