FORTVILLE — Mouhamed Konate scored a career-high five goals against Delta on Tuesday as the Mt. Vernon boys’ soccer team turned in what has become an annual rout.
Konate’s five-goal night highlighted the Marauders’ 11-1 win, just as Konate’s four-goal performance (then a personal single-game high) in this matchup last fall fueled a 12-0 victory.
Konate and the Marauders, though, expect the post-Delta portion of the 2012 schedule to turn out differently than 2011. The junior opened last season with 10 goals in the team’s first three games — all MV victories — then was held to seven strikes the rest of the campaign as the competition zeroed in on the talented forward, and MV went 6-4-3 the rest of the way.
“I’ve got more help,” Konate said of his current teammates. “We have great players, like CJ (Coleman), Kyle (Cansler), Matt (Powell). I know there’s going to be a lot of guys focused on me, but there’s a lot of other great players out there for us.”
The Marauders will face Warren Central (Thursday), New Palestine (Tuesday) and Columbus East (Aug. 30) in their next three tilts; a step up in competition from their opening slate of Richmond, Rushville and the visiting Eagles on Tuesday.
In what was essentially a final tune-up, Mt. Vernon (3-0, 2-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) dominated Delta, taking 32 shots on goal compared to the Eagles’ three attempts.
MV, which suffered minimal losses to graduation this season, will aim to repeat last season’s 5-3 win over Warren Central, then avenge a 2-1 regular season loss to New Palestine. The Marauders also lost to the Dragons in the sectional, 1-0.