After suffering a tough loss to Perry with just 11 seconds remaining in a contest a couple of weeks ago, the Knights have seemingly put that loss behind them and have been playing some really good soccer. After taking care of Griffin 8-0 in their first Region 4 match-up last week, the Knights moved to 2-0 in Region 4 play with a 4-1 victory over Eagles Landing on Friday night.
Dylan Marshall scored goals No. 16 and 17 on the season, while Jake Sayer and Cole Winters also scored in the game. Winters’ goal came on a penalty kick. The Knights are undefeated in Region 4 along with Spalding, while Jonesboro, North Clayton, Eagles Landing, and Locust Grove all have one loss.
The Knights are among the leaders in the region in goals scored and in goals allowed, but according to head coach Matt Bentley, he knows that every game in the region will be important and a challenge.
“We learned a lot about this region last year,” said Benltey. “We learned that you can’t assume any game is going to be easy because on any given night in this region any team can beat you. We have been taking each region game this year as if it were a Region Championship Game.”
Upson-Lee’s Dylan Marshall leads the team with 17 goals in just eight games, but Coach Bentley says the team’s success has been a team effort.
“Dylan has been tremendous in scoring goals for us this season,” stated Bentley. “The best part of that stat is that most of his goals have an assist from a teammate that goes with his goals. Jake and Caleb have been feeding him some really good balls from the middle of the field. Our freshmen have been scoring goals up top with Dylan and relieving some of the double teams. Our wings have been playing great and getting to the end line and crossing the ball in. Our backs have even been getting in on the attack with Eric Peaden and Turner Price getting some assists as well. Most of his goals have really been team goals. Our team is really playing well offensively right now. We are working together to get the ball in to the attacking third of the field and once we have gotten there, we are doing a good job at framing the goal and putting the ball in the back of the net. There are some things we can improve on and we will continue to do that as the season goes along. Our defense has worked very hard since a rough start to the beginning of the season. We will continue to focus on learning to play team offense and team defense.”