Winning the Frankfort Invitational on Sept. 8 was not enough for the Crawfordsville Athenians boy’s soccer team.

Led by senior captain Willy Cifuentes, the Athenians took their spot as the Montgomery County champions Wednesday evening over North Montgomery, 8-2.

“It’s really a credit to the whole team.” Athenians head coach Marcus Hale said. “They are working together as a group to give each other opportunities.”

Cifuentes scored four goals to power the Athenians to 8-2-2 on the year and 5-1 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference. Caleb Whicker was able to score a pair of goals as well as Crawfordsville gained a goal from Jesus Acosta and Tommy Mitchell. Goalkeeper Joel Raters was able to save five goals.

“Willy’s playing as you would’ve expected him to coming into high school.” Hale said. “He’s shown promise over the years and was able to achieve some of his personal goals as well as the team’s goals.”

One of the team’s goals was to win another conference game. Assuming North could have won, the Athenians only chance left was at Danville on Sept. 29.

“We decided that we were going to change our tactics a little bit and high-pressure them.” North Montgomery head coach Mike Margeson said. “We did well the first 20 minutes, after that we really lost our composure and focus.”

Corbin Osbourne was able to assist on a Corwyn Hall goal and score a goal for himself, but thanks to the play of Cifuentes, the game was pretty much out of reach after that 20-minute mark.

“As a team, they played much better than we did.” Margeson said. “It wasn’t our best effort—just a bad time to have an off-game.”

Hale praised the performance of the Chargers.

“I think North played a great game overall.” Hale said. “All the kids know each other and there are no secrets at this time of year—they’ve been playing each other for quite a long time.”

North Montgomery dropped to 4-11 and 0-8 in the SAC and will finish the season at North White on Sept. 27 in Monon, Ind.