The Versailles Republican Sports
September 13, 2007
Eagles' perfect soccer season
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
The Jac-Cen-Del Eagle coed soccer team met with their first
loss of the 2007 season on Monday evening, September 10. The
loss also blemished their ORVC perfect season run as the aggressors
were the South Ripley Raiders boys' team.
Last year the teams wound up 1 and 1 in their regular season
play, with the Eagles winning the third meeting in tournament
playoff action. This year, however, the teams only face each
other this one time, that is until possibly a playoff re-match.
First half scoring was nil for both teams, but early on in
the second half. The first South Ripley goal came from Mitch
Krall. A later score by the Raiders in the half came from
Unwilling to give up without a battle, the Eagles regained
half of their deficit off a goal shot by Spencer Purdy. The
Eagles attempted many more threats as the game wound down,
but couldn't quite get over the hump.
The Raiders team was like hornets whenever the Eagles would
get near the ball and eventually rallied to take the game.
Eagle senior leader David Busch scurried with every opportunity
as did many other Eagle players, but they could not overtake
the blistering defensive effort of the Raiders.
Playing goal keeper for South Ripley was Paul Swango and sophomore
Shane Adams handled the duties in goal for the Eagles.
The Raider win put their record at 8-2 overall and 5-1 in
Coach Mark Jones of the Eagles team commented following the
game, "We entered the game undefeated and in first place
in the ORVC, we left the game with a loss and tied for first."
If this loss gets us playing better then it will be a good
thing. It would be exciting if SR continues to win and we
enter our next meeting with the conference title on the line.
That would be good for soccer in Ripley County. On this particular
day we did not do enough to win. Congratulations to SR as
they played well, but I'm proud of what my team has accomplished
in the last year and a half. A few years ago teams did not
get excited when they beat us. Now, as you saw, South Ripley
teams get excited when they beat Jac-Cen-Del.
It is not all bad!
Editors note: Both these teams and Milan have come a long
way and can find pride in their achievements to date.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Above, The dust and ball flies, as Raider defenders
chase to close off an ever threatening Eagle drive to
the goal by (13) David Busch, in white.
- 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 -
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Lady Raiders claim 3-2 victory
Above in white shirt, South Ripley Lady Raider soccer
team player, Ashley Buchanan, breaks away toward the
Raider goal in their match against the Oldenburg Academy
Lady Twisters on Monday, September 10. The Raiders closed
the deal with a 3-2 victory.