The Hillsboro boys and and girls soccer teams hosted Clinton-Massie on Monday night. In the first game, the Lady Indians took on the Lady Falcons and lost a close one with a final of 3-2. In the second game of the night, the Indians fell behind, made up ground in the second half, but couldn’t make up enough and lost 7-5.
In the girls game, the Lady Indians took an early lead in the game, scoring the first two goals. The first goal came at the 26:18 mark off the foot of Ellie Howland. The second goal came just under six minutes later, this time from Callon Myers to make it 2-0 in favor of Hillsboro.
The Lady Falcons closed the gap a bit before the end of the half, scoring a goal with 14:34 to go and at the half it was 2-1 in favor of the Clinton-Massie soccer team.
The second half belonged to the Lady Falcons. They were able to score twice more to bring their total to three goals. The Lady Indians looked to score after the ball seemed to be not secured by the Massie goalie and was kicked into the goal. However, the officials ruled that the goalie had possession of the ball and the goal was waved off and at the end of the game the Lady Indians fell 3-2.
“This was a disappointing loss,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Jeremy Ratcliff after the game. “We jumped out there early, but it’s Clinton-Massie. They still have a lot of pride. They’re a very well coached team. I don’t know what their league record is as it stands right now, but it doesn’t matter, They’re never going to quit on you. They’re always going to play you hard. I give them a lot of credit. I thought they battled and did enough to win the game.
“We still have a shot to win the South Central Ohio League outright. We play Chillicothe tomorrow night, who we’re tied with with one loss and one tie, so obviously it’s a huge game. That game will determine a lot at the end of the season as to who the league champ is. So we have to put this one behind us, lick our wounds, and clear our heads and come out ready to play at Chillicothe tomorrow.”
The first half of the Indians vs. Falcons game was a tightly contested one. Massie got themselves on the board first with 38:43 to go but Hillsboro came right back and scored four minutes later with a goal from Quin Conlon to tie the game at one goal a piece. Massie scored once again with 30:27 to go in the game and it took the Indians a while to answer back. With 7:12 to go in the half, Austin Goolsby tied the game up at 2-2.
In the second half, the Falcons came out in a fury and score three goals before the Indians could do get anything of their own on the scoreboard. The Indians, down but not out, went on a run of their own and scored three goals just as quickly, but Massie found a way to find the back of the goal twice more before the final buzzer and went home with the 7-5 win.
Both the Indians and Lady Indians will be back in action Tuesday, October 4 when they travel to Chillicothe for another SCOL matchup.
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