HENDERSONVILLE — JPII celebrated senior night Monday with a 3-0 win over visiting Cane Ridge High School on the pitch.
Against the Ravens, JPII carried a 1-0 lead into the locker room thanks to a Lance Blackwell goal with two minutes until the recess buzzer.
At the break, JPII honored 10 seniors, including Nick Ruiz, Matthew Wallace, Noah Wehby, Kehan Patel, Anthony Thole, Warner Buell, Eli Lockert, Jack Baker, Liam Leonard and Nick Herzer.
“They have taken our program to another level,” head coach Zack Trobaugh said. “Their sophomore season saw an Elite 8 appearance; we were confident last year it would be a strong season and this year they’ve gotten us a home playoff game. They have been a great example for our younger guys, and we will certainly miss them next season. They have a special place in all of our hearts.”
JPII scored two more goals from Matthew Wallace in the second half for the 3-0 win, but Trobaugh quickly gave the Ravens credit for its defense and ability to get shots.
“They are a technically strong team with good soccer players who have a lot of speed,” Trobaugh said. “They played a high backline which was tough sometimes to time our runs properly, but give them credit; they’ve had a good week of soccer.”
The men’s team now sits a 6-1-6 on the season and winners of three fits last four matches.
Sitting at 2-2 in DII-AA, JPII will host the first round of the TSSAA Playoffs on May 15.
“Our first goal this season was to host a first round playoff game,” Trobaugh said. “We want to get past that game and hopefully meet up against Father Ryan or MBA to make up for the last time we played them.”
The Knights’ two losses in region play this season have come by a combined score of 6-0, including a 4-0 loss to MBA on April 15.