Marauders also take traveling HHC bell

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FORTVILLE — Aaron Britt earned a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship, the conference’s traveling bell trophy and a face full of chocolate cake Wednesday. What he and his Mt. Vernon boys’ soccer team would like to taste most of all is a sectional title, and they’ll begin that quest next week against the same Greenfield-Central club they defeated 3-1 in overtime Wednesday.

Britt, the Marauders’ fourth-year coach, slightly altered his lineup and strategy for the match, which was originally postponed by lightning Sept. 6 at the end of regulation with the score tied 1-1. The teams picked up Wednesday with overtime and Mouhamed Konate, who also scored for Mt. Vernon in regulation three weeks ago, got behind the G-C defense from 40 feet out and dribbled the rest of the way for a head-on goal with 49 seconds left in the first seven-minute overtime period. Josiah Noska scored again for the Marauders late in the second extra period against a Cougar’s defense that had shifted forward in a desperation attempt to even the match.

With the victory, which also came on MV’s Senior Night, the Marauders finished 6-1 in the HHC. They’ll share the conference title with New Palestine if the Dragons (9-5-1 overall, 5-1 HHC) defeat Pendleton Heights (5-8-1, 2-3 HHC) tonight. Mt. Vernon (9-6-2 overall) also received the HHC bell from the Cougars, who had previously grabbed it with a win over Shelbyville. The bell is not at stake in the postseason, and it will stay at Mt. Vernon until next year.

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