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Not many boys’ high school soccer coaches haven’t gotten off to the start Central Hardin’s Mike Wiersema has.
The Bruins’ first-year coach notched his fourth consecutive shutout to open his career as Central Hardin beat visiting LaRue County, 8-0 on Tuesday night in the first-ever meeting between the area rivals.
Central Hardin (4-0) has also blanked Louisville Butler, 5th Region rival Bardstown and 10th District rival Fort Knox heading into Thursday night’s home showdown with 10th District rival North Hardin.
“Our season gets progressively tougher and our schedule gets progressively tougher. I’m not lured into a false sense of security at this point,” said Wiersema, who has more than 400 wins at other coaching stops.
The Bruins led LaRue County (2-3) by four goals at the half as junior midfielder Matt Huff scored off an assist from sophomore forward Taylor Sheeran in the seventh minute, sophomore midfielder Zach Laux scored an unassisted goal 4 minutes later, sophomore forward John Wallace scored in the 16th minute off an assist from junior forward Blaine Brawner and Brawner scored in the 23rd minute off a pass from freshman forward Noah Wiersema.
Brawner scored less than a minute into the second half off a pass from senior defender Ryan Ortiz, while Laux scored in the 65th minute off a pass from sophomore midfielder Nikos Mastoroudis, Josh Nichols had an unassisted goal in the 68th minute and sophomore midfielder Chris Wade completed the scoring in the 74th minute off an assist from Brandon Cox.
Central Hardin junior goalkeeper Dakota Bowen had one save in the first half, while sophomore goalie Andrew Trombley saved one shot in the second.
The junior varsity game finished in a 2-2 tie.
UP NEXT: Central Hardin hosts 10th District rival North Hardin (2-3, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday. LaRue County plays Glasgow at 8 p.m. Friday in the Barren County Trojan Classic.
BARREN COUNTY 4, LARUE COUNTY 0. Junior goalie Amber Lyall saved six shots as the visiting Lady Hawks (3-1) fell to the Trojanettes (1-2-2).
Barren County won the JV game, 10-0.
UP NEXT: LaRue County plays at area rival Meade County at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the teams’ first-ever meeting.
BARDSTOWN BETHLEHEM 10, FORT KNOX 0. Bethlehem scored eight goals in the second half en route to the rout in the opening round of the 5th Region All ‘A’ Classic at Bardstown High School.
Junior keeper Emmy Raney and freshman keeper Rachel Essex combined to stop 18 of the Banshees’ 21 shots on goal.
Raney had the only shot on goal for Fort Knox (2-4).
UP NEXT: Fort Knox plays at Grayson County at 7:30 tonight.