The Batesville High School boys’ soccer team beat South Dearborn High School 4-1 in an important Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference battle Sept. 23. BHS remains undefeated in conference play 4-0 with two EIAC games remaining. 

The Bulldogs jumped to the lead at four minutes into the game, when Austin Schutte received a pass from Austin Meyer near the top of the penalty box. Schutte made a nice move to beat the Knights’ defender, then shot the ball inside the far post. Just five minutes later, Meyer added to the lead as Salvador Blanco sent a hard-driven cross from the right side in front of the Knights’ goal. Meyer made a perfectly timed far-post run and finished with one touch for the goal.  The Bulldogs continued to control possession, and Meyer again finished a breakaway off a Christian Wolfe pass. 

Ten minutes into the second half, Blanco positioned himself to turn a corner kick into a shot on goal. The ball deflected off the crossbar, and Blanco followed up his own shot for the goal. The Knights continued to play hard and eventually scored when a direct kick outside the 18-yard box went through the feet of the Bulldogs’ wall and into the goal. 

“I give South Dearborn credit for playing hard the entire game and never giving up,” said coach Chris Fox. “Their coach (Mike Wallace) is doing a great job, and they will continue to improve. Conference games are usually tough, so this was a good win. I was happy that we were able to get an early lead, so we could ... get our young players some quality varsity game experience. 

“I was very pleased to see how well we played in the first half. After playing so well on Saturday, it’s easy to have a letdown in performance. We are really starting to click as a team.”

The Bulldogs stand at 12-1 for the season.  

The Bulldogs host a talented Roncalli High School team at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Next week, they’ll take on two tough competitors to decide the conference title. They’ll play East Central High School at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, and Connersville High School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. 

“If we continue to play like we have been, it should be an exciting finish to the season,” Fox predicted.

Junior varsity 

The junior varsity boys’ soccer team defeated SDHS 4-1 Sept. 23 to improve their season record to 7-2. 

After suffering a loss vs. Greenfield Central High School Sept. 20, the Bulldogs learned the importance of scoring early. “We came out to play with more intelligence, quality passes and runs,” said JV coach Josh Meyer. 

From the opening kickoff, the Knights were forced to defend. At 30:13, Justin Puente scored on a through by Kurtis Koury. Then, the Knights’ attacker dribbled past the Bulldog defense and tied the score before halftime. In the second half, Ian Yorn scored off a pass from  Puente at 28:10. At 24:22, Koury deflected a corner kick from Puente off his chest into the net, and at 18:29, Koury headed a cross from Alex Todd right out of the keeper’s hands for his second goal. Batesville JV compiled 21 shots. 

“This was a great bounce-back performance,” said Meyer. “We weren’t able to record another shutout. We have consistently played very well in the second halves of games, and tonight was no exception. That is very promising for the future of the program.”

Christopher Aune can be contact at christopher.aune@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 112. 

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