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Batesville 2, Lawrenceburg 0; 2A Sectional 28 Championship

Rushville-  Batesville and Lawrenceburg met in Rushville Saturday afternoon for the Class 2A Boys Soccer Sectional 28 Championship.  The Bulldogs won the title with a 2-0 victory over the Tigers.

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Wind was a significant factor at John Wilson Stadium.  Gusts were up to 25 miles per hour from the south on a field which runs north/south near Benjamin Rush Middle School.

Coach DeWayne Uhlman’s Tigers, a three-time defending sectional champion from 1A (moved to 2A in 2017 under the new three-class format), had the wind at their backs for the first 40 minutes.  While Lawrenceburg enjoyed a 12-3 advantage in total shots during that span (4-2 on goal), LHS failed to split the pipes.

Batesville keeper Nate Slavin made four saves in the first half.  His counterpart, Lawrenceburg’s Kyle Sharpshair, stopped both Bulldog shots on frame.

As the half wore on, coach Kyle Hunteman’s Bulldogs appeared to take on a more defensive posture, almost trying to survive the first half until they could get the wind for the second half.

In the second half, the field flipped and the tone changed.  Two minutes in, Batesville’s Justin Puente took the team’s second corner kick of the day.  His play was headed out of the six-yard-box by a Tiger defender and back to Puente on the right side of the 18.

The senior lofted a second pass back into the six.  Sharpshair elevated nicely to grab the ball but collided with a teammate on the way down.  The ball popped loose, bounced one time on the ground, and the Bulldogs’ Gabe Straub made a beautiful back flick with his heel to score the game’s first goal with 37:49 to play.

With under 17 minutes on the clock, Batesville was moving the ball across midfield. Senior Salvador Blanco sent a through ball toward the upper right of the 18 which was collected by Michael Ripperger.  The junior made a sharp crossing shot which found the mark for a huge insurance goal at 16:53.  The 2-0 difference favoring the Blue and White held up to the end.

Both teams took nine shots in the second half.  The Bulldogs had one more attempt on goal, 5-4. For the match Lawrenceburg had a 21-12 advantage in total shots with the edge coming exclusively in the first half.  LHS had eight shots on goal.  BHS had seven.

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