The Metro Rage Club Soccer team closed out their season on Saturday with their third consecutive King’s Academy Tournament Championship.
The Rage played the Kokomo Home School team in their first game. Heath Miller (NF) wasted little time in putting the Rage on the board when he scored the first goal only five minutes into the game. Adam Denney (SW) would add a second goal nine minutes later when he ripped a low driven ball from just outside the 18 yard box. Miller would score again at the 31 minute mark on an assist from a Parker Mays (SW) through ball. Miller and Denney each added another goal at the 31 minute and 34 minute marks to give the Rage a 5-0 lead at the half.
The 5-0 score would remain unchanged in the second half as the Rage substitutes played the majority of the time. Tanner Proffitt (SW) recorded two saves in goal and Noah Shear (NF) added three saves of his own during his time in goal in the second half.
The Rage played the tournament host in the second game. King’s Academy had the chance to take the early lead when a hand ball was called in the box. However, King’s failed to take advantage of the penalty kick and the score remained 0-0.
At the 13 minute mark, the Rage would take the lead when Noah Shear found Heath Miller with a perfectly placed pass as Miller was streaking through the middle of the defense. Miller buried the ball just inside the far post. Miller would score again three minutes later after he zig-zagged his way past several defenders.
King’s would score a goal of their own in the middle of the second half, but Miller broke free again before he was taken down by a King’s Academy player with a very hard foul inside the 18 yard box. Miller calmly drilled the penalty kick to put the Rage up 3-1 at the half.
Miller added his seventh goal of the day at the 58 minute mark and Josh Hobson (SW) scored at the 64 minute mark on a pass from Shear to close out the scoring for the Rage. King’s Academy was able to score a late goal to make the final score 5-2.
Tanner Proffitt recorded three saves in goal for the Rage who end their season with an 8-1-0 record.
Heath Miller won the Golden Boot award for most goals with 7 and was named the tournament MVP.
Coach Jeff Hobson complimented his team for their efforts on Saturday. “I felt like we played two pretty good games. We were focused and got off to a great start by scoring in the first five minutes.” Hobson went on to say “today was bittersweet in that we won the tourney, but that means our season is over. I really felt like our younger kids were just starting to understand what we were trying to do from a system standpoint. Hopefully that carries over to next year.”
Hobson also talked about the loss of the Rage seniors. “We have five seniors on this team. Unfortunately Julian Hobson (WB) and Tadd Meyer (NF) weren’t able to play today due to other commitments. The other three seniors were here and I was able to substitute them out of the game with about seven minutes left. It was hard to see those three walk off of the field for the last time. Tanner Easterday (NF) has been with me for eight years and Kyle Heiser (NF) has been with me for six years. It is also strange to think that Heath Miller who started playing for me as a second grader on the 3rd and 4th grade WaSoNoMa team won’t be here next year either.”
Hobson also lamented the end of another long term Miller family member. “Assistant Coach Steve Miller coached in his final game after 11 years of coaching at the elementary, junior high and high school level. I’ve been coaching with Steve in one form or another for the past 11 years so I will miss him this coming season. Steve has been a big part of the success we have had at all the age levels here in Wabash. I have also become friends with Steve and his family over the years so it will be different not having him around next year.