Tuesday roundup: No. 19 Patriots edge Spartans

Rivet's Kaytlin Lane, right, moves to prevent a breakaway by South Knox's Meg Phegley (2) during their Blue Chip Conference soccer match at the Spartans' pitch Tuesday.

Kenadee Frey broke a scoreless tie late in the first half, and Rivet made it stick as the Class A No. 19 Patriots nipped South Knox, 1-0, in a Blue Chip Conference girls soccer match at the Spartans pitch Tuesday.

It was a defensive battle most of the contest with the county rivals splitting possession evenly. Rivet finally tallied in the 37th minute when Maggie Earley was swarmed by the Spartans' defense in front of the goal, and she managed to find Frey who pushed it into the goal.

Keeper Katie McGuire had four saves in her first career shutout for the Patriots (3-2-1, 2-0 Blue Chip), while Ellie Fausnaugh made three for the Spartans (1-3-2, 0-2-1).

“Katie did an excellent job of controlling the ball for us, kicking it out of the goal area, and she helped stabilize our defense,” Rivet coach John Anderson said. “Katie Daugherty did another fantastic job on defense. We're playing some young players back there, and she's showing some great junior leadership getting them where they need to be.

“It was another excellent game from Maggie Earley. Her, Morgan Alderton, Kaytlin Lane and Frey kind of played a diamond in the midfield, and they did an excellent job of moving the ball and connecting passes. We struggled the last few games, but a game like this was what we needed.”

South Knox hosts North Knox at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, while Rivet visits Evansville Christian at 6 p.m. Sept. 16.

Golf Warriors take it to Alices

BICKNELL — Isabella May was medalist with a season-best 44, and North Knox's girls golf team handled shorthanded Lincoln, 193-212, Tuesday at High Pointe C.C.

Emma Miller recorded a personal-best 47 for the Warriors. Sarah Richardson tallied a 50 and Milee Lane 52 to complete the scoring. Maddie Becher shot a 55.

Macy Sexton paced the Alices with a 46. Kaylan Fiantri carded a 51, Savannah Purdom 54 and Audrey Spradling 61. Lincoln played the match without normal scorers Gwen Hayes and Reece Johnson.

"I'm happy with our performance. We scored much better that we have been," Warriors coach Carrie Loheider said. "It was nice playing on our home course and getting a victory. Lincoln was missing a couple of golfers, but hopefully they will be back and ready for the sectional next week."

The Alices host South Knox and North Posey at 5 p.m. today. North Knox entertains Rivet, North Daviess and Washington at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

XC Spartans breeze at Prides Creek

PETERSBURG — Oliver Holscher and Macie Couchenour were race winners as the South Knox boys and girls cross country teams eased to victories at Prides Creek Park on Tuesday.

The Spartans had the top nine boys finishers on their way to a perfect score of 15. Pike Central had 50 and North Daviess and Washington Catholic didn't have a team score.

Holscher's winning time was 18:22. Caleb Cork was second, 18:38; Dylan Maeder third, 18:43; Chase Staggs fourth, 18:50; and Lane Garner fifth, 19:06.

"We like going to this quad meet. We only get to run here three times, and that's if we qualify for the regional," South Knox coach Matt Toothman said. "We had two groups of four and a group of five, where we ran tempo the first two miles and then let it go the third mile. It was a great training opportunity, and the guys took a non-serious race pretty seriously."

The Lady Spartans scored 22, Pike Central 41, North Daviess 83 and Washington Catholic no team score. Couchenour finished in 21:21 for the victory. Gretchen Carie took second, 21:35; Peyton Robbins fifth, 22:30; Daisie Kinnett sixth, 22:50; and Abby Cunningham eighth, 23:50.

"We had three girls, Macie, Gretchen and Daisie drop their times, and that never happens here. Our girls are firing well," South Knox coach Betsy Couchenour said. " I'm proud of Aubrey Nowaskie and Lexi Detweiler. They've been coming on in their training and doing well."

The Spartans host the county meet at 10 a.m., with the middle school boys and girls races starting it off at 8:45 and 9:15 a.m.

Golf Spartans take out two foes

PETERSBURG — Trinity Dubbs was medalist with a 39, and South Knox eked out a triangular match win at Prides Creek C.C. on Tuesday.

The Spartans scored 204, Princeton 211 and Pike Central 212.

Bethany Williams recorded a career-best 42 for South Knox, Lauren Haveman had 51 and first-time player Emily Provines shot 72.

"The 204 is the best score we have ever shot there. Prides Creek has been a tricky course for us," Spartans coach Mark Gray said. "Bethany almost had an eagle and hit the ball well. It was the first time Emily had played nine holes in her life. She picked a good time to play because without four scores, we don't win."

South Knox plays at the Country Club of Old Vincennes at 5 p.m. today with Lincoln and North Posey.

Lady Warriors net tie with Patriots

BICKNELL — It wasn't a win, but the North Knox girls soccer team tallied a season-high two goals and claimed a 2-2 tie with Owen Valley on Tuesday.

Lucy Sheren netted a goal for the Warriors (0-4-1) and also assisted on Lucy Sheren's goal. Keeper Riley Petro collected four saves.

"The girls played well together and looked like a solid team defensively and offensively," North Knox coach Kelsey Houchin said.

The Warriors are at South Knox at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rivet golfers pop Washington, 198-240

MONTGOMERY — Rivet's girls team was down to four golfers, but had little trouble disposing of Washington, 198-240, Tuesday at Country Oaks.

Lily Waggoner was medalist, shooting a 42. Maddi Halter had 45, Alicia McGuire 55 and Cadence Mills 56. The Patriots were playing without normal scorer Emma Robinson.

"I knew our scores would be higher than normal, with the absence plus giving them more time off for the Labor Day weekend," Patriots coach Charlie Waggoner said.

Rivet is at North Knox at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with North Daviess and Washington.

No. 8 Spartans' run comes to an end

South Knox saw its unbeaten regular-season streak come to an end on Tuesday, as visiting Pike Central managed a goal in each half to blank the Class A No. 8 Spartans, 2-0.

The defeat came almost two years to the day since South Knox's last regular-season loss, a 1-0 decision to Shoals on Sept. 6, 2018.

“We didn't play too bad, but we just didn't have the ball bounce our way. That's soccer,” South Knox coach Tim Goodwin said. “We'll do what we can to rebound and hopefully start a new streak versus at Shoals (at 5 p.m.) on Thursday.”

South Knox (7-1) keeper Logan Fisher managed seven saves.

Patriots rally falls short at Ev. Christian

EVANSVILLE — Rivet put in the first goal, but the Patriots didn't have enough firepower to keep up in a 5-3 boys soccer loss at Evansville Christian on Tuesday.

Mitchell Earley had the Patriots' first goal in the 25th minute, but the Eagles rallied to go on top, 2-1, by halftime. The margin grew to 3-1 before Ryan Nguyen scored on a misplayed ball by Christian, and Mason Trent tied it, 3-3, with a score in the 73rd minute.

But the Eagles quickly answered to regain the lead, and Charlie Niehaus fired a potential equalizer off the post before Christian tallied again in the waning moments.

Thomas Herman made 14 saves in goal for Rivet (1-4-1).

“The kids stepped up their intensity and the play in the second half showed they have the potential to compete,” Rivet coach Thierry Schleiss said. “We now have to eliminate the mental mistakes and play a full game.”

Rivet plays at Northeast Dubois at 5:30 on Thursday.

Wildcats maul soccer Alices

JASPER — Jasper tacked on four goals in the final 11 minutes of the first half to build an insurmountable lead on Lincoln, and the Alices dropped a 12-0 Southern Indiana Athletic Conference boys soccer match on Tuesday.

The margin was 2-0 for most of the first half, but the Wildcats pushed it to three in the 27th minute, and goals in the 29th, 30th, 36th and 37th minutes made it 7-0 by halftime.

The Alices' best chance to score came in the second half when Nathan Boger blasted one from 30 yards out that was narrowly deflected over the crossbar by the Jasper keeper. Keepers Jonathan Soderling and Mason Harris had six and five saves for Lincoln (1-6, 0-6 SIAC).

The Alices host North Knox at 5 p.m. today.

Tennis Spartans gain unusual win

South Knox's No. 1 singles Nathan Robbins lost a tight three-set match to Pike Central, but gained a 4-1 Tuesday because the visiting Chargers just had one player.

Robbins fell 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Spartans (5-6) host Barr-Reeve at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Mater Dei pops JV football Alices

Evansville Mater Dei gave Lincoln's junior varsity football team its first loss, 34-0, Tuesday at Inman Field.

Antwan Johnson and Dejuan Gills intercepted passes for the Alices (2-1), who play at Evansville Central next Monday.

Ray has low score at Olney Invite

OLNEY, Ill. — Camren Ray earned medalist honors for the Lawrence County coop golf team, shooting a 2-over-par-74, as the squad placed third among eight teams at the Olney Invitational last Friday.

Effingham St. Anthony nipped Sullivan for the title, 329-331. Lawrence County shot 343, defeating Paris 344, Olney 347, Oblong 349, Mount Carmel 387 and Teutopolis 403.

Others scoring for Lawrence County were Garrett Hulfachor 82, Ethan Kelly 92 and Lexi Wymer 95. Dylan Hughes had 108.

The team plays at 4 p.m. Monday at Paris.

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