Tuesday was a night to remember for a number of reasons.
First, the Jacksonville Fightin' Indian soccer team closed out regular season play by clobbering Center, 6-1, in front of one of the larger crowds of the season at Tomato Bowl.
The Tribe's Martin Melchor, who has signed with Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I) set a new single season scoring record after recording a hat track in the match.
Melchor's three scores gave him 109-career goals, which enabled him to surpass Daniel Forry's old mark of 106 goals, set during the 2011 season.
“I didn't have this (setting a new scoring record) as a goal of mine all along,” Melchor said. “I began to realize that during my sophomore year that it cold be a possibility. It really feels great to own a school record; that's pretty neat.”
Another reason that the evening was extra special was the fact that eight Tribe seniors played their last game at Tomato Bowl.
The group, along with their parents, were recognized in a pre-match ceremony on the field.
That assemblage included, Misael Garcia, Ryan Travis, Cruz Rocha, Pedro Mireless, Jonathan Gonzales, Alberto Escareno, Levi Santana and Martin Melchor.
Escareno capped off his tenure as a Tribesman by also picking up a hat trick on the night.
Jacksonville (16-6-4, 7-3 District 35-4A) needed just 7:28 to tally its first score.
That's when Melchor got a deflection and drilled it in from 14 yards out, giving the Tribe a 1-0 edge.
Escareno then made the match 2-0 after booting in a shot from just inside the box that came with 28:55 to go in the opening period.
Sandwiched between another score from both Melchor and Escareno was what turned out to be the Roughriders' only point of the match, which came from about 15 yards out with 15:24 to play in the opening period.