HOWARD — The East Knox Bulldogs grappled their way to a scoreless tie against the visiting Marion Pleasant Spartans in nonconference high school soccer action on Thursday.
The Bulldogs’ defense, along with goalkeeper Joe Byers, put in a strong showing to maintain the Bulldogs’ winning record, which is currently 2-1-1.
“I’ve got to love my defense — they’re awesome,” said Byers, “but I’ve got to love my whole team, too. Whatever (Pleasant) would put into our end, our defense would kick out. There were a few shots that I thought, ‘Oh, no.’ Apart from that, our defense was really good. I’m really thankful to have such a great team this year.”
The Bulldogs continue to work on the fundamentals, especially passing. This was one of the changes to the overall scheme that Bulldogs’ coach Bill Lonsinger has implemented in his first year as coach.
But it is still a work in progress. In the meantime, the Bulldogs often appeared to have difficulty mounting a consistent offensive threat.
“I’m okay with a tie, but we had a lot of opportunities,” said Lonsinger. “We’ve been having problems finishing on goal and we need to work on that. You can’t be too critical when your defense doesn’t allow any goals, but we had two or three runs that we should have scored on. That was disappointing.