BLOOMINGTON – The top-ranked Zionsville boys soccer team continued its impressive start to the season over the weekend at the Hoosier Cup in Bloomington.

The Eagles played three games in less than 24 hours in the Cup, and along with Thursday’s game with Cathedral, it was four games in less than 48 hours.

Zionsville won every game, out-scoring opponents 15-0 in Bloomington. They moved to 7-0 on the year, scoring 28 goals and allowing 1.

The Eagles started late Friday against South Bend Adams, getting an 8-0 win.

Zionsville got two goals from Alex Carr, Ben Weidner and Alex Hlade in the game, along with single goals from Lorenzo Martinez and Josh Kuller.

The Eagles came back in the morning and faced No. 14 Bloomington South in a rematch of last year’s semi-state.

Zionsville won 3-0, getting two goals from Kuller and one from Chris Freeman. Charlie Wagner, Lorenzo Martinez and Alec McCarty had assists.

In the final game, the Eagles faced then Class 2A No. 1 Washington and won 4-0.

Zionsville got goals from Weidner, Freeman, Evan Miller and Martinez. Weidner and Freeman had assists.

Early goal enough for Eagles at Cathedral

INDIANAPOLIS – The top-ranked Zionsville boys soccer team wasn’t as crisp as they normally are on Thursday night.

But they still got the job done. An opening minute goal by Lorenzo Martinez was all Zionsville needed in a 1-0 win over Cathedral at Lawrence Park.

“The first part of the game, we had five or six chances that would have made things easier,” Zionsville head coach Rob Jordan said. “We got the one early, but had others crossed across the goalmouth and just couldn’t finish it off. Those are some of the things that later in the year, we have to put them in the back for the net. There are some things to work on, but it is still early and have some rust to knock off.”

After getting the Martinez goal so early, Jordan said he was confident more goals were coming.

Especially with an Eagle team that came in scoring four goals a game.

“I’m of the mindset that if you score that quickly, there are more coming and we are going to get some more,” Jordan said. “We had some chances, especially in the first half, just didn’t finish them off.”

Alex Carr

SLIDING CHALLENGE: Alex Carr slides in to win a ball off a Cathedral player in Thursday's 1-0 win.

The game opened up in the second half, but mostly was played with long balls through the midfield.

The Zionsville defense refused to allow the Irish to get any shots on goal in the second half, winning headers and goalkeeper Gavin Raff cleaning up everything that got over the top.

Jordan said that especially later in the year in the post-season, these are the types of games you have to be able to see out and get wins.

“We really didn’t give any clean looks,” Jordan said. “Their best opportunities were off fouls. Especially in the first half, we gave up a lot of fouls in our own end. Our backs are starting to get a little more solidified and are staying more connected. Having these kinds of games, where it puts pressure on you and you have to perform well, it’s great for us.”

The tough stretch continues for the Eagles.

Zionsville then plays again Tuesday against Franklin Central, making it six games in eight days.

Charlie Wagner

OFF THE FACE: Zionsville's Charlie Wagner challenges for a header in the second half Thursday.

“It’s always a test of character,” Jordan said. “We have had this stretch the last couple of years, and we really break it down into six steps. We are through the first two, and have four tough ones to go. It is a tough grind, but it shows character and the will to win.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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