It was a memorable night for the Southwestern soccer team.
Senior Aiden Hartsell broke his own single-season scoring record Tuesday, totaling five goals in an 8-0 win over Morristown.
Hartsell now has 36 goals this season and 100 for his career. That total puts him at No. 9 on the state’s all-time scoring list.
Southwestern head coach Taylor Meredith earned his 50th career win Tuesday, as well, as the Class A No. 8 Spartans claimed at share of the Mid-Hoosier Conference title.
“Tuesday was definitely a special night, clinching conference is one of our main goals for the season,” Meredith said. “Now, with a win at Hauser we can win it outright. It’s also pretty cool Aiden was able to break the scoring record and get his 100th goal. He’s a great kid and is very humble about it all.”
Hartsell scored 35 goals as a junior, 21 as a sophomore and eight as a freshman. He also has 43 career assists.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable what he can do on the field,” Meredith said.
Meredith has been the head coach of the Spartans since 2017. The team is 7-2 this season after finishing 18-2 last season (sectional title). Meredith won 13 games between the 2017-18 seasons before winning 12 games in 2019.
Meredith said he has been “blessed” to coach some great kids over the last five years.
“I think one of the coolest parts of being able to coach at Southwestern is just the community of it all,” Meredith said. “I’ve known Conner Gooch (current player) since he was 7 or 8 years old. Now, we’ve won a sectional championship together and hopefully will make a run at another this year. Cindy Baute was my sixth grade teacher and is still keeping the book at games like she has ever since Southwestern started the soccer program. Noah Kelley, I’ve known him his whole life and after he played for me he came back to be my assistant and still is. He is about to graduate college in December.
“It’s just awesome to be a part of this community and watch these kids grow up into young men and be successful in life. I’m really blessed to be a small part of this great community.”
Meredith and the Spartans will face No. 9 Indianapolis Lutheran Thursday.