The Class 2A 4th ranked Batesville High School Lady Bulldogs traveled to Lawrence Park to battle the Class 2A 2nd ranked Cathedral High School Fighting Irish on Wednesday night. It was a close battle for the first fourteen minutes as both teams settled into the match. Batesville drew a free kick just outside the 18 yard box.
Ellie Cassidy stepped up to play a ball into the box as both Denise Davalos and Hailey Mohr were able to redirect the ball to find Georgia Gratz for the poke in. Gratz recorded her 13th goal of the season as she moved into the Top 5 in All-Time Scoring for Batesville High School with 59 goals. With Batesville leading 1-0, it was a close match the rest of the half with the Lady Bulldog defense and goalkeeper Ellie Waechter coming up with some huge saves.
The second half was another outstanding defensive effort by center backs Abbey Prickel and Liz Heidlage. Cathedral rocked the post early in the second half which was then cleared by the Batesville defense. Outside backs Lily Meyer and Olive Cerniglia controlled the wings and withstood the speed from the Irish front line. Despite getting outshot 13 – 7 for the match, Batesville was able to preserve the 1-0 win and recorded their 5th shutout of the season.
“In both our 1-0 victories this season, we had to battle for 80 minutes against 2 very physical teams. Georgia was able to put us up early again tonight and we can count on our defense to pull out the victory. It was another great team effort tonight! We rose to the challenge and continue to raise our confidence as we get closer to tournament time.” Coach Laker commented on the match.
Batesville is now 8-0 on the season and will be playing at Connersville on Saturday with Varsity start time at 10:00am. The JV will play 1 half after the Varsity contest.