October 13, 2009
Eagles defeat SR Raiders 2-1 to advance in boys soccer sectional
The third time to meet a sports team when one has won the
first two meetings is always the toughest to pull off. Not
that it doesn't happen, but more times than not, the team
losing the first tho games upsets their rival in the third
match up of a season.
That was the case for the ORVC winning South Ripley Raiders
boys soccer team in their opening sectional game played at
JCDHS on Saturday evening, October 10.
The onslaught of rainy weather forced the game to be moved
from its initial Thursday night playing time to the Saturday/Monday
An extremely soft and muddy field, along with super fine temperatures
created the surroundings for the fatal blow to SR's otherwise
great season as the hosting JCDHS Eagle coed soccer team captured
the right to advance to the championship contest by a final
score of 2-1.
Enroute to the victory, the Eagles drew first blood with a
score by Dalton Garnett early in the first half of competition.
Following a long playing interval with no scoring, the Raiders
managed to put a goal on the scoreboard off an in advertent
kick by an Eagle sending the ball toward their goalkeeper
Shane Adams, just three feet from the front of the goal.
Raider senior Chase Grider capitalized on the miscue and drove
the ball into the net for a tie game at 1-1.
The final score was the result of a rush by the Eagles toward
Raider goalkeeper Kile Huss and his defending SR teammates
with the last ticks ticking away on the game clock.
As seconds were being counted down from 10, Eagle senior managed
to drive the ball deep into the heart of the Raiders' home
goal, leaving a mere three seconds on the clock for the Raiders
to work with, which was proven to be useless.
In match two, the Milan Indians faced the Jennings County
Panthers. The Jen. Co. Panthers won by a final score of 4-2,
earning a right to compete in the championship game, scheduled
for Monday night, October 12.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Pictured above from left, JCD Eagle senior Spencer Purdy
(16) continues to fulfill his game long pursuit assignment
on SR Raider junior Dylan Groves (6), who is in pursuit
of JCD Eagle sophomore Codey Martin (19) as Martin kicks
the ball out of bounds to clear it during the Eagle-Raider
Sectional #55 opening game clash.