The Batesville High School boys’ soccer team held on to win vs. Jac-Cen-Del 1-0 Sept. 4 at Osgood, according to coach Chris Fox. Batesville was looking to rebound from a recent loss at the Batesville Invitational, but the host Eagles didn’t make it easy.
The Bulldogs maintained possession for much of the first half, but were unable to get open looks at the goal. The Eagles brought several swift counterattacks, using speed to break through the Bulldog defense. The game remained scoreless at the half.
The Bulldogs brought intensity and purpose onto the field to start the second half, the coach said, and quickly put the Eagle defense under pressure. BHS created more scoring opportunities and made more shots on goal, but still were unable to beat the Eagle keeper. JCD continued to counterattack and found several goal-scoring opportunities off set pieces of play, but the Bulldog keeper, Seth Parker, denied them all.
With time winding down in the tightly contested match, the Bulldogs were awarded a penalty kick. The Bulldog shot just missed, deflecting off the upper corner of the goal, and the game remained deadlocked.
In the final five minutes, the Bulldogs pushed the attack in hopes of getting a late go-ahead goal. Quinn Grossman got the ball on the right wing and used his speed to get around the Eagle defender. He then dribbled to the goal line and drove a cross to the far post, where a leaping Luis Davalos headed the ball into the goal, just out of reach of the JCD keeper. The Bulldogs took the lead with 4:00 to play, and held on to finish 1-0 in a very tough fought game, Fox said.
“JCD played a great game and put us under a lot of pressure at times.
“Seth Parker made some outstanding saves to keep us in the match. Quinn Grossman was doing an excellent job on the wing, using his speed to get around defenders, and also to put pressure on their team when we were defending. His move to get by the defender and cross the ball to Luis was textbook, and the header by Luis – who is just coming back from injury – was excellent.
“I was very impressed with how hard we worked and that we never gave up.”
BHS took 17 shots and put seven on goal. They had five corner kicks. JCD took 13 shots with eight on goal, and had three corner kicks. Parker had eight saves.
BHS JV dominates JCD
The Bulldogs junior varsity boys’ soccer team took over the Eagles’ field Sept. 4, winning 4-0.
Osgood came out ready to win and applied intense pressure on the Batesville defense, according to coach Josh Meyer. The Eagles were able to split the Bulldog center backs multiple times, but BHS goalkeeper Ian Yorn stepped up to stop each of JCD’s scoring chances.
“It took 15 minutes for the Bulldogs to slow the Jac-Cen-Del momentum and begin controlling possession,” the coach said.
With 16:30 remaining in the first half, Ethan Grossman put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first. They continued to maintain possession in midfield and created another goal-scoring opportunity minutes later. At 10:50, Garrett Wagner sent in a cross from the left side that Justin Puente finished for a score. The Bulldogs ended the half in front 2-0.
In the second half, they built on the possession they established in the first half, Meyer said. Batesville’s midfield controlled the ball and created multiple scoring opportunities by playing good passing combinations. Puente scored his second goal at 24:55 off a pass from Henry Lipinski. Sam Dunbar sealed the victory with 16:31 left in the game, finishing a great run up the middle of the field. The game ended with Batesville on top.
“Similar to the last game against Lawrenceburg, we started out the game tonight looking fairly shaky in possession and defense,” said Meyer. “Thankfully, we were able to settle in and control the game after the early minutes. Our midfield did a great job of possessing and creating quality scoring opportunities tonight. Sophomores Kurtis Koury, Sam Dunbar and Alex Todd contributed greatly to our success in that regard. The performance tonight was a total team effort and a good display of the potential of our younger players.”
BHS JV launched 12 shots with eight on goal, and had one corner kick. JCD made nine shots, four on goal, and had two corner kicks. Yorn had four saves on the night.