Ethan Roden was a little hesitant about his position switch before the season.

Well after Thursday, it seems like he’s getting the hang of things.

Moving from forward to midfielder to be more of a set-up man on goals rather than the scorer, the four-year Harker Heights letterman had three assists, including on the game-winner in a 4-3 win over Leander Rouse as the Knights swept through the first day of pool play in the second annual Harker Heights High School soccer tournament.

“He was a man on a mission,” Harker Heights boys soccer coach Jared Cruddas said of Roden. “I haven’t seen him play like that in awhile — if ever. His fitness level is increasing each match.”

Roden, who also scored a goal on a penalty kick in a 2-0 victory over Gatesville in the Knights’ first game of the day, assisted on first half goals from Sean Ortega and Austin Russell while younger brother Austin Roden scored the Knights’ third goal on an assist by Layne Broihier to go into halftime against Rouse tied at 3-3.

But after battling through a scoreless second half for the first 25 minutes, Roden connected with Russell again with 14 minutes left to send Heights (5-1-1) into Day 2 needing only to win against Robinson at 3 p.m. today to assure itself a place in Saturday’s tournament semifinal.

Russell finished with a single-day hat trick, also scoring the Knights’ first goal against Gatesville.

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