Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Shelbyville High School
Batesville High School
The Batesville Bulldogs faced a difficult non-conference opponent at home as they battled the Shelbyville Golden Bears on Tuesday.
Traditionally, the Shelbyville-Batesville match-up is a close game and always fast and physical…and this year was no different, according to BHS coach Chris Fox.
Batesville struck first with a goal within eight minutes off of a combination of one touch passes in the midfield leading to a pass from Christian Wolfe through the Golden Bears defense and into the path of Ian Yorn. Yorn dribbled the ball towards the Shelbyville keeper and hit a well placed shot into the net for the early 1-0 lead.
Shelbville got an equalizing goal in the 26th minute when a shot towards goal was rattled out of the Bulldog keepers and a Golden Bear was able to send it into the goal.
Overall, the first half was fairly evenly played with Shelbyville maintaining a slight edge on possession and shots and knotted at 1-1 at the half, according to Fox.
The second half started much as the first except this time Shelbyville scored first off a split ball through the defense putting the Golden Bears up by one goal.
The Bulldogs stepped up the intensity and was awarded a free kick 18 yards from goal when a Shelbyville defender committed a foul, according to Fox. Austin Meyer stepped to the spot to take the direct kick and struck the ball well. Bending the ball around the four person wall and just inside the near post and beyond the Shelbyville keeper to tie the game again at 2-2.
As the final minutes approached, it appeared the game may end in a tie when suddenly Shelbyville got through the Bulldog defensive line.The Batesville goalkeeper came out quickly to close him down, but the Golden Bear forward was able to send the ball into the goal to take the 3-2 lead.
“This was a tough game and it is disappointing to lose a close game at home,” Fox commented. “However, there were moments when we played very well. Our two goals were outstanding goals. Our passing at times was very crisp and quick.
“Despite the loss, I think we improved as a team and learned a few things that will help us down the line. The second half of our season is going to be more challenging, but that will only help make us be better going into the post season,” he added.