The Hillsboro boys and girls soccer team had a tough challenge in front of them as they faced off against two undefeated teams in Chillicothe on Tuesday night in Hillsboro.
The Lady Indians were going up against the Lady Cavaliers who were still perfect in the South Central Ohio League, and the boys faced off against a boys team that has not lost a single game since coming back into the SCOL three years ago.
In the first game, the girls fell 4-1 to the Lady Cavaliers and in game two, the boys didn’t fair much better with a final score of 6-2.
In game one, the Lady Cavaliers got off to a quick start scoring two goals before ten minutes had even run off the clock.
Hillsboro was finally able to answer back when Hope Tira broke away with the ball at the 30:27 mark and found the back of the net with a shot to bring the score to 2-1 in favor of Chillicothe.
Things were quiet for a majority of the rest of the first period but the Lady Cavaliers were able to add one more goal with 4:18 remaining before the buzzer to make it 3-1 going into the half.
Chillicothe struck early again to start the second period, scoring a goal at the 35:20 mark, but neither team score again and the score remained 4-1.
“We knew Peyton Davis for Chillicothe is an individually talented player on the ball,” said Lady Indians Head Coach Jeremy Ratcliff after the game. “She got lose early and score two pretty quick goals for them. That kind of rattled us a little bit but I think we did a nice job of settling down and battling back to put that one on the board to make it 2-1, but [Chillicothe] is a good team and kept battling.
“That was a big game in the league standings. We hadn’t seen Chillicothe yet and we’re going to see them twice in a matter of eight or nine days. We go up to their place next Thursday. We knew they were undefeated and knew it would be a stiff test but it’s also a good gauge for us. Those are the kind of teams you face in the tournament and we could very well see them again in tournament. Some of the younger players that haven’t been through a tournament run, it was good for them to understand that this kind of competition, you’re going to have to figure out a way to get a win.”
The girls are now 7-3-2 overall and 5-3-2 in the SCOL.
In the boys game, the Cavaliers took a commanding lead in the first half, finding the back of the net four times in the first frame.
The Indians were able to get themselves onto the score board in the second half with goals from both Spencer Brown and D.J. Brown, but Chillicothe added to the deficit with two more goals of their own to bring the final score to 6-2.
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