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Cougars enjoying much improved season

By KEATON ALDERMAN

SWT Media Intern

The Cougar soccer team earned their first regular season winning record since 2009 with a 7-6-3 performance including 4-2-2 at home and 3-4-1 on the road. The Cougars have qualified for the regional tournament for the second year in a row and only the third time in school history.

Their opponent in the opening round will be the Blacksburg Bruins. The game will be held Thursday, May 23. Pulaski is coming off a first round loss in the River Ridge District Tournament to Salem, 0-3.

The Cougars capitalized on 32 goals, while only conceding 31 goals, meaning they scored more goals than they gave up to opponents, which is a huge accomplishment. Senior midfielder Ryan Castle led the team in goals scored this season with seven goals. Junior forward, Riley Moore had five goals and senior forward Evan Somervell had four goals. Senior midfielder Adam Bennett had a whopping seven assists on the season and senior defensive back Evan Danner had four assists.

Head Coach, Chris Castle stated that the team accomplished two of their three goals for this season.

“We achieved a winning regular season record and we wanted to better our seed in the regional tournament from last year,” Castle said. “Last year we were the eighth seed and this year we are the sixth seed. The one goal we didn’t achieve was we wanted to play at home for the first round of the River Ridge District Tournament, which we fell only one loss short.”

The Cougars were able to take a couple of days off to heal up some injuries and rest before putting together a game plan and getting after their opponent for regionals.

Pulaski County has had an incredible season and will look to advance in regionals, where they will play Blacksburg at Blacksburg May 23.

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