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Ettner hauls Panthers to senior night victory

Ettner hauls Panthers to senior night victory
Ettner hauls Panthers to senior night victory
Corydon Central senior Hayden Ettner tries to cross up North Harrison junior Lance Marinc during the Panthers’ 4-0 senior night victory over the Cougars last Wednesday. Ettner was scintillating on the offensive end for the Panthers, recording a haul as he scored all four Panther goals. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

When the Corydon Central boys’ soccer team held its annual senior night festivities last Wednesday, a number of seniors’ favorite memory was “beating North Harrison.”

At the time, such a statement could be seen as a false memory as the event took place prior to the Panthers’ matchup with their rivals in the pitch edition of the Big Cat Classic. One of the Panthers’ septet of seniors, striker Hayden Ettner, ensured that that memory became reality as he scored all four of the Panthers’ goals en route to a 4-0 victory.

“Our game plan was to just go out there and play our game, play some possessions. We’ve been struggling in a few games with just passing the ball and getting open,” Panthers’ skipper Nathan Shehorn said. “That’s a key to victory every time in a soccer game.”

“We’re playing a really tough schedule with Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Madison and Providence, among others, so we’re going into every game knowing that we’re not the favorite to win,” Cougars’ bench boss Marcus Burgher IV said. “With our young kids, we’ve got a few little mistakes that are happening that we’ve got to correct. Once we correct those, I think we’ll be very competitive.”

Ettner needed only a little over 3-1/2 minutes into the contest to put the Panthers on the board, scorching a line drive from the edge of the penalty area. Halfway through the first half, he notched another goal from a more stationary spot as he nailed a penalty kick, giving the hosts a 2-0 edge heading into the break.

The 10-minute hiatus did little to cool Ettner’s boot as he captured his third goal of the evening 46 seconds into the second half. Not satisfied with just a hat trick, Ettner capped his red-hot night with a fourth goal in the 51st minute, giving the Panthers enough breathing room before walking away with the 4-0 final.

“When I had the chance to shoot, I took it, and I just got really lucky with the shots I made,” Ettner said. “The whole team supported me with the shots I made tonight.”

“Everybody knows what kind of scoring he can do; it’s gonna be exciting to see him at the next level,” Shehorn said. “We’re excited for him that he could do something like that on senior night, especially against North Harrison. That’s why we made senior night tonight so these guys could have a special memory.”

The Cougars got back into the win column Saturday with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Northeast Dubois. The final full week of the Cougars’ regular season began with the Cougars traveling to Silver Creek yesterday (Tuesday) before returning for their home finale tomorrow against Charlestown. The Cougars will conclude the regular season at Lanesville on Monday. The contests against the Pirates and Eagles are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The Panthers finished the previous week by dropping a tight 3-2 decision to Madison Consolidated on Saturday. They began the current week yesterday (Tuesday) at Rock Creek Community Academy before returning home to host rival Austin tomorrow at 6 p.m.