The Batesville High School varsity boys soccer team posted a 7-3 victory over Union County.
Batesville immediately put the Patriot defense under constant pressure and took the early lead when Nathan Batta received the ball on the left side of the field and was able to dribble passed the defense and put his shot under the Patriot keeper.
“Nathan made an excellent overlapping run on the left side and took a couple nice touches to get behind the Union County defense,” BHS coach Chris Fox commented.
Five minutes later Batesville doubled their lead when Henry Lipinski received a pass on the left side and cut into goal. He sent his shot low and hard to the near post, according to Fox. The ball glanced off the post and in to make the score 2-0.
Just 2 minutes later Batesville scored a third goal when Austin Meyer redirected a Christian Wolfe shot. Wolfe had settled a deflected pass and hit a hard shot toward goal. Meyer got his head on the ball to deflect the shot into the net to give Batesville a comfortable three goal lead.
After that goal it looked like the Bulldogs would run away with the game, but seven goals were scored over the next 12 minutes. Just 30 seconds after the Meyer goal Union County got one back after a Bulldog defensive mistake. Less than two minutes later, the Bulldogs answered with a fourth goal when Sam Dunbar notched his first goal of the match. Dunbar dribbling out of the midfield played a give and go pass with Austin Meyer, according to Fox. Meyer sent the ball through the Patriot defense and into the running Dunbar who gathered the ball and finished with a nice low shot into goal.
“The give and go with Dunbar and Meyer was textbook,” Fox noted. “I was extremely pleased with the quick passing and excellent runs off the ball in the early parts of the first half.”
Two minutes later, the Patriots cut the Bulldog lead in half when a long, low shot got passed the Batesville keeper’s hands to make the score 4-2. The Patriots then felt a shift in the moment and began to put pressure on the Bulldog defense. Batesville appear a bit rattled and committed a foul just outside the 18′ box. The Patriot player hit a long shot up and over the Batesville wall and into the goal to make the score 4-3.
Batesville regained its composure and scored two more goals over the next five minutes (Meyer and Batta each getting their second of the game) to take the lead up to three with the score at the half 6-3. The second half turned into a more defensive battle and the Bulldogs were able to add a seventh goal by Alex Todd to make the final score 7-3 in favor.
The Bulldogs finished the night with 7 goals on 36 shots and 5 corner kicks to Union Counties three goals on eight shots and one corner.
“Union County put up a good fight and never quit,” Fox commented. “I think they have improved a lot since last year and put us under pressure midway through the first half.
“Our inexperience showed defensively in the first half as we are still understanding and learning our roles and responsibilities. I also think there was a bit of nerves out there as this was the first varsity start for a lot of our players,” he added.