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(webcast) 1A-45 Round 1- Switzerland Co. 2, South Ripley 1

Osgood- After Switzerland County and South Ripley tied both conference games this season, fans knew there would not be a third tie when the ORVC foes met again Tuesday during the first-round of 1A Sectional 45 at Jac-Cen-Del.

A scoreless up-and-down game for 60-plus minutes saw three goals scored in the final sixteen minutes.  When the buzzer sounded, the Pacers had defeated the Raiders 2-1 and earned Switz a date against Southwestern in the semifinals.

This match was part of our Bruns-Gutzwiller Fall Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in HD by clicking here.

As the winds died down and the lights came in Osgood, the second match of the evening featured quick pace, attacking runs and solid play by both squads. A nearly even statistical half between the two teams, seven shots for Switzerland County and five for South Ripley, along with clean, hard play, set up an exciting finish.

Like the first match, the nightcap saw halftime score of 0-0.  South Ripley came out aggressively, getting its first shot off within 15 seconds en route to 13 total shots in the second half. Pacer freshman Aiden Furnish made multiple stops on the line and also while coming out to challenge the Raider attack throughout the half. Furnish and his defensive line put constant pressure on South Ripley and did not allow many clean looks at the goal.

With just under 16 minutes to play in the second half, Switzerland County used a Ben Hicks throw-in deep in the scoring third that bounced off a few players before landing at the left foot of junior Zach Nead.  Nead angled the ball past Raider keeper for the first score of the game. Just over a minute later, the Pacers got what proved to be the game-winning goal when Hicks collected the ball off the Raider defensive line. The score came with 14:09 to play in the match.

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