— The newly instituted penalty kick shootout to settle ties in conference play is exciting.
The Batesville High School girls soccer team found themselves on the losing end after playing the South Dearborn Lady Knights to a 1-1 tie during regulation.
The Lady Bulldogs controlled possession much of the half with South Dearborn only getting a few looks on goal, according to coach Kyle Laker.
However, it only took one shot for South Dearborn to get on the scoreboard early. Morgan Bressert scored as a crossed ball slipped under Rebecca Roell's hands and Bressert was able to get a foot on the ball and buried it in the back of the net.
The first half ended with South Dearborn clinging to the 1-0 lead.
“I told the team at halftime that our goals will come,” Laker commented. “Keep pressing the issue and we will find a way to get a ball into the back of the net.”
The team responded in quick fashion.
Mary Gutzwiller got on the end of a through ball sent from Kelli Hartman. The speedy Gutzwiller outran the defense and slipped a ball into the side net past the South Dearborn goalkeeper. The goal came just 38 seconds into the second half.
Both teams battled back and forth throughout the rest of the second half as regulation ended 1-1 to set up the penalty kick shootout.
The Lady Bulldogs got the early advantage with a Roell stop and a Megan Doll goal.
After makes by Brooke Rohlfing and Gutzwiller, the Lady Bulldogs found themselves tied 3-3 with one attempt left. Both teams missed out on their opportunities to win the game so the shootout went to a sudden death where the Lady Knights winning on the sixth shooter, according to Laker.
The Batesville junior varsity recorded a 1-0 win over the Lady Knights.
Shelby Rupp scored the lone goal on a breakaway. Jenna Huber, Caroline Reidy, Karsen Worthington, and Emily Rose all played good on defense to help secure the shutout.