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BOYS SOCCER NOTEPAD: Knights resetting season goals

The Spotsylvania boys soccer team has already reached one milestone this season.

The Knights (2–4, 1–2 Conference 27) have equaled the number of wins from the 2013 season.

Now first-year head coach Sean Harrington is aiming for Spotsylvania to hit the .500 mark.

The Knights have matches tonight and Monday against conference opponent Brentsville that could go a long way toward determining just how far Spotsylvania has come since a 2–16 campaign a year ago.

“I think this year we just kind of focused on holding each other accountable on and off the field,” Harrington said. “The players have really set a high bar for themselves and they keep each other accountable to that high bar.”

Harrington was particularly pleased when his sophomore-laden team went into overtime against former Battlefield District power Culpeper in a scoreless tie earlier this season.

The Knights eventually lost 1–0 but the contest represented progress for Harrington. Spotsylvania’s wins came over James Monroe and King George.

Harrington said in addition to players holding each other accountable “solid” defense has bolstered the Knights.

Offensively, sophomore center midfielder Mat Zimmerman (three assists) is the Knights’ top player. Zimmerman is also the football team’s field-goal kicker.

“He’s really talented on the soccer field,” Harrington said. “There’s no doubt he’ll play college somewhere.”

Senior Dustin Huber, who will play for Shenandoah University in the fall, is a standout center back for the Knights.

—Taft Coghill Jr.