Josh Kuller

Josh Kuller scored the only goal in the Eagles’ 1-0 win over Ritter in the Eagle Classic.

The top-ranked Zionsville boys soccer team continued their impressive run.

The Eagles went 3-0 last week, registering three shutouts, and improved to 13-0 on the season.

Zionsville started the week off with a 3-0 win against No. 11 Hamilton Southeastern on Sept. 24, beating the Royals for the first time since 2016.

The Eagles got goals from Ben Weidner, Alec McCarty and Lorenzo Martinez in the win, which improved the Eagles to 6-0 in the HCC.

“Anytime you play in our conference, the opponent is good,” Zionsville head coach Rob Jordan said. “HSE is middle of the pack in the conference, but they are ranked 11th and have a really quality team. We had to play well to get the win. It was a good week for us.”

The Eagles then had two games in less than 24 hours at the Eagle Classic.

On Friday evening, Zionsville topped Class 2A No. 6 Cardinal Ritter 1-0.

Josh Kuller gave the Eagles the lead midway through the first half and Zionsville held on for the 1-0 win.

“In the first half, we really didn’t work the ball really well,” Jordan said. “We were too easy to pull and shoot from 35 yards. The opportunities were there, and in the second half I thought we did much better and started finding the gaps.”

Hours later on Saturday morning, the Eagles topped Terre Haute North 3-0.

The Eagles got first half goals from Weidner and Alex Carr, then added a third in the second half in the win.

“We played reasonably well and knocked the ball around pretty well,” Jordan said. “We didn’t take advantage of all our opportunities in front of the net, but we kept another clean sheet and didn’t give them any opportunities, which is the big thing.”

The Eagles have a busy final week of the regular season.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Eagles go for the out-right title against Brownsburg. Zionsville will be looking for their second-straight title and will be looking to become the first HCC team in at least a decade to win the conference with all wins.

“The opportunity to do it back-to-back is great,” Jordan said. “I don’t remember anyone winning it with all wins. I don’t know if it has ever been done, but this group is hoping to accomplish that.”

On Thursday, the Eagles will host Guerin for senior night, where they will honor a large senior class that has helped elevate the Zionsville program.

“It’s always tough with senior night and the emotions with that,” Jordan said. “The other thing is that you have the sectional right after it, so you always have to be smart with staying healthy and not getting carded or things like that. There is a lot going on, but the bottom line is they want to come out, they want to play and have fun and enjoy the crowd, their families and friends.”

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

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