By Gary Andrews
The Metro Rage closed their season out with two wins and a championship trophy at the King's Academy Tournament on Saturday. The Rage opened play against Providence Christo Rey from Indianapolis. Colton Dawes found Heath Miller streaking towards goal and Miller buried the ball in the back of the net at the one-minute mark. Miller would play a ball to Zach Hobson 4 minutes later and Hobson would add the second goal of the game. At the eight minute mark Hobson would play a cross to the back post where Josh Hobson was waiting to head the ball past the goalkeeper.
With a 3-0 lead eight minutes into the game, the Rage went to their substitutes early in the game. Logan Paris would score at the 23-minute mark on an Adam Denney cross in front of the goal. Andrew Eckerly would close the scoring out for the half at the 39-minute mark with his goal that gave the rage a 5-0 lead at the half.
Chance Enyeart would start the second half scoring with two goals at the 58 and 61-minute marks. Trey Eads would score at the 73-minute mark after Tanner Proffit played a perfect diagonal ball to Eads just inside the box. Brady Bolen scored the final goal in the last minute of the game to give the Rage a 9-0 win. Julian Hobson and Noah Shear shared the shut out in goal with Hobson making two saves.
The Rage played Pioneer in the second game of the day. Zach Hobson opened the scoring at the 14-minute mark with a low driven ball from outside the 18-yard box. Heath Miller would add a goal at the 34-minute mark to give the Rage a 2-0-halftime lead.
Miller wasted no time in adding to the Rage lead when he scored his second goal of the match within the first few seconds of the second half. 21 minutes into the second half, Logan Paris found Miller unmarked and Miller calmly buried a ball in the back of the net to earn his second hat trick of the year.
The lone score for Pioneer came on an "own goal" by Rage defender Brady Bolen who was trying to cover a backside run. The ball played through the box deflected off of his leg and into the goal. Rage goalkeeper Julia Hobson recorded five saves in goal against the Panthers.
Rage Coach Jeff Hobson was please by his team’s efforts. "I was really happy with how the team played today. We played two totally different teams in Providence and Pioneer. I felt like our kids adjusted well to what was happening on the field against each team."
Hobson also lauded the play of seniors Brady Bolen, Trey Eads, Andrew Eckerly, Logan Paris, Mike Bekel, Colton Dawes and Zach Hobson. "The seven seniors will be hard to replace next year. These guys have been the core of our team for the past several years. We have lots of work to do this summer to maintain our level of play."
The Rage end their season with an 8-2-1 record and two tournament championships.