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The Shelby County boys’ soccer team got some last minute heroics to win its second consecutive match – Stuart Orange’s goal with just less than 15 seconds remaining gave the Rockets a 3-2 victory over host Carroll County on Tuesday night.
“It was one of those games where you walk away with the win, but leave feeling as if the other team deserves a victory just as much as you do,” Shelby County Coach Tony Wood said.
The Rockets built a 2-0 lead in the first half.
“Midway through the first half Raul Lopez turned nothing into something as he took a seemingly unplayable ball and volleyed it from the opposing team's goal line into the middle of the penalty box area,” Wood said. “Simultaneously, freshman Ethan Patterson crashed into the penalty box area and capitalized on Lopez's heads up play.”
“With our confidence on the rise, ball movement increased and we were able to add another goal as Dillon Valenzuela capped of a series of well played passes with a well-placed shot to the bottom left corner of the goal.”
Carroll County wouldn’t go away, though. The Panthers scored on a penalty kick before halftime, then got the equalizer with 15 minutes left in the match.
“For the first part of the second half we continued to dominate possession of the ball, but struggled to finish,” Wood said. “Then the last twenty minutes came upon us and, as a whole our team, began to play as individuals. The passing that carried us through three-fourths of the game turned into individual players attempting to dribble through four, five or six defenders at a time. As one can imagine, this wasn't effective, and we in turn opened the door for a Carroll County team that wouldn't go away.”
But for the second straight match – Shelby beat Butler, 3-2, on Juan Mancilla’s goal with 13 seconds left – the Rockets got the last shot.
“Then, with less than fifteen seconds left in the game we were able to sneak out a victory as Ethan Patterson poked the ball out of Carroll County's keeper's hands and Stuart Orange placed the ball in the goal,” Wood said. “Overall, we played a good solid sixty minutes against Carroll County, but after the game I stressed to our players that we have to start producing complete games if we are going to reach our full potential this year.”
Shelby County (2-2), which played at Sayre on Thursday night, hosts Franklin County on Tuesday night.
COLLINS BEATS DANVILLE: The Titans (3-0-1), who dropped out of the coaches' Top 25 poll this week, beat the host Admirals, 2-1, Tuesday night in Danville.
Collins took the early lead thanks to an own-goal by the Admirals when a Danville defender tried to clear a pass by Titan Phillip Burkhardt, but knocked it into his own net with 23:14 to play in the first half. The Titans added their second goal early in the second half when Walker Andriot passed wide to Mark Lanham, who then sent the ball across the field to Ryan Metcalf for the goal.
The Admirals scored with 3:37 to play but Collins possessed the ball for the rest of the match, not letting Danville get another shot.
“We played one of our best games of the year and were able to keep them on their side of the field most of the game,” said Collins Coach Scott Cress, whose team outshot the Admirals, 8-2. “They were able to score their goal late when we had put in many of the bench players. We are still working to get better, but there has been a lot of improvement already this season.”
The Titans, who hosted 20th-ranked DuPont Manual on Thursday night, plays at Atherton on Monday.
VOLLEYBALL: Rockets beat Bears
SCHS tuned up for Thursday night’s showdown against Collins by sweeping host Spencer County on Tuesday night, 25-23, 25-18, 25-21.
“The girls played a consistent game,” Shelby County Coach Felicia Pace said. “I’m proud of their desire to finish each game. We are continuing to work towards maintaining focus and pushing through each play.”
Senior Ariana Jones led the Rockets attack with 11 kills and also had 6 assists. Also for Shelby, senior Shelby Tooke had 4 kills and 10 digs, junior Dasia Jones 6 kills and 6 digs, junior Kyndle Pace 6 digs and 5 aces, and sophomore setter Leslie Sloan tallied 19 assists and 3 aces.
The Rockets (3-3), who hosted Collins on Thursday night, play at Franklin County on Monday night.
GIRLS’ SOCCER: Shelby falls at Bourbon
Host Bourbon County remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over SCHS on Wednesday night.
“[We] played very well,” Rockets Coach Joe Turner reported. “This was a really hard-fought game with both teams playing really well.”
The Rockets took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, when Cali Mills scored off a feed from Callie Greiner. The Colonels (4-0) tied the score later in the half.
“[The midfield] controlled most of the game and Bourbon County really had to work to get any good looks,” said Turner, whose team had 10 shots on goal.
Bourbon won the match with a second-half goal.
“The second half was a tight struggle for both teams with us controlling much of the game until we made a mistake and Bourbon capitalized to score the eventual winning goal,” Turner said.
Turner praised the play of his defensive back line – Anna Collins, Arielle Greiner, Taylor Decker and Morgan Seppenfield and his midfield of Callie Greiner, Kayla Robinson, Logan Hall and Mills.
The Rockets (1-2-1), who hosted Fern Creek on Thursday night, next play at Thomas Nelson on Monday night.