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Readers’ favorite high school games & individual performances – Part 8

With the spring sports season on hold due to the coronavirus, we asked our audience to provide us with some of their favorite memorable high school games or individual performances there were part of as a player, coach or fan.   Here are some of those shared memories.  More installments will be coming.

Mark Boetticher – Editor’s note Mark is the Rising Sun Boys Soccer Assistant Coach and a former player at RSHS.  He had submitted some memories earlier. These are some new ones.

2010 season: it was my senior year and the most memorable game was actually the last game where we lost to Lawrenceburg in the opening round of sectionals. The Tigers beat us back in August 6-0 at Rising Sun, so we came into the game as the underdog.  Lawrenceburg scored first on a breakaway in what turned out to be their only goal in the entire match.  Brandon Turner of the Shiners tied the game on a corner kick during the first half.

The second half showed the domination of Lawrenceburg as they kept possession and shooting on us, but our defenders and goalie played with their heart and showed them the Shiner defense was unbreakable. Our goalie, Nathan Hannan, made lots of saves and some of them were fantastic.

We ended up going through two overtimes and a PK shootout. Our first three attempts were good as Tyler Jones, Josh Uhlmansiek and Alex Oser put the ball in the back of the net. The Tigers also converted their first three attempts successfully. Our fourth attempt was saved by the Tigers keeper and their shot attempt was good. That made our fifth attempt a must make, but the Tiger keep guessed right and made the stop.  The Tigers won the PK 4-3 and ended my senior season.   I wasn’t sure, but I think I was the only one who actually cried out loud after the game while the rest of the team looked rejected.  However, that loss didn’t take away our best effort to give Lawrenceburg a scare of the season.  That season was also the last time Indiana High School Soccer was single class.

2011 season: this season was the beginning of my coaching career at Rising Sun as a volunteer coach to help head coach, Mike Seipel, and assistant coach, Aaron Hopkins. That was the first year IHSAA soccer was divided into two classes. Our sectional included us, Switz, Shawe and Southwestern.

The most memorable night of the season was the sectional semifinal. Shawe and Southwestern played in the first game and we played host Switz in game two.  It took two overtimes and a PK shootout to decide to winner between Shawe and Southwestern.  That pushed our game back at least 30 minutes.  Then our game with Switz went two overtimes and PK shootout as well.  I believe I got home around 11 pm that night.

Back to our game. Switz scored first in the second half before Andre Bonham tied the game for us. The next goal didn’t come until the second overtime when Switz scored on a scramble off a corner kick. As time was ticking down, I saw some of the Shiner fans pack up their stuff and waited the final whistle. However, Alex Oser made sure our fans stayed a little longer as he tied the game with 29 seconds left on the clock and sent the game to a PK shootout.

We lost to Switz in a PK shootout earlier in the season during a conference. In the sectional shootout, our first attempt hit the crossbar and Switz converted theirs. Our goalie, Nathan Hannan, became the Shiners’ hero as he saved two of the next three Switz attempts while the other one went wide. We, on the other hand, successfully converted the next three shots by Andre Bonham, Alex Oser and Troy Marksberry to send us to the championship game.

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