Cats, Jeeps, Pats dictate play with shutout efforts

From Herald Staff Reports

Stout defense, efficient scoring, a final tally that suggested complete control over the game. For three area girls soccer squads, Saturday’s efforts should offer a valuable blueprint moving forward.

Jasper extinguished Princeton, Northeast Dubois squashed South Knox and Heritage Hills cruised past Evansville Bosse, all by a count of 5-0 on Saturday, with the Jeeps’ Alicia Betz scorching the net four times (on her birthday, to boot), the Patriots’ Greer Neff striking twice and the Wildcats distrubuting the scoring among five different players.

Elizabeth Day, Annie Stout, Emily Jones, Laura Renner and Anna Charron collared a goal apiece for Jasper (1-1, 1-0), which blanked Big Eight Conference foe Princeton on the road. Brittany Haskins, Samantha Kabrick and Elizabeth Verkamp each recorded an assist.

Betz needed just more than a minute to slot her first goal for the Jeeps (1-2, 1-1), who blanked the Spartans in a Blue Chip Conference matchup at Monroe City. She added another three in the first half before Dani Lynch completed Northeast Dubois’ scoring in the second half.

Neff tacked on the Patriots’ first and last goal, while Paige Priest awarded Heritage Hills a 2-0 halftime lead against Evansville Bosse in Lincoln City before Karaline Staggs and Adrianna Oxley each added a goal in the second half. Breigh Haase assisted on both first half goals and Brittany Tempel and Carolyn Burrough each assisted on second-half goals for the Patriots (3-0), who have stockpiled 15 goals through their first three games.

Bull Dogs 3, Wildcats 2: An own goal on an attempted clear allowed defending Class 2A state champion Columbus North to escape from Jasper with a one-goal victory after the Wildcats led 2-1 in the early stages of the second half. Caleb Williams and Nathan Helsley deposited a goal apiece for the Wildcats (0-1-1), while Angel Hernandez and Luke Ackerman each tallied an assist.

Patriots 2, Wildcats 0: Sam Scherry nabbed a goal in each half, his second two-goal performance in three games, and Heritage Hills  (3-0) blanked Mount Vernon in Lincoln City. Seth Bolin assisted on Scherry’s first finish.

Evansville Reitz Invitational: Sandwiched between two defeats was Southridge’s first win of the season, as the Raiders outlasted Evansville North 25-19, 23-25, 15-11. The Raiders (1-4) nearly swiped a victory in the opener before accepting a 25-16, 21-25, 15-13 setback to Vincennes Lincoln; they fell to the host Panthers 25-18, 27-25 to finish the day.

Maddie Lubbehusen’s 23 digs helped spark the victory over North, and Taylor Uppencamp and Maddie Neu both pelted eight kills against the Huskies.

Rangers 3, Rams 1: Forest Park’s sluggish start on the road melted away as the Rangers finished off an 18-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23 decision over Paoli behind Lydia Lange’s 11 kills, 28 digs, seven blocks and 12 service points. Jordan Voges and Anna Hagedorn merged for 14 kills and Adria Giesler offered 20 assists as the Rangers (2-1) won their second straight.

Evansville Memorial Invitational: Heritage Hills dropped a match 25-13, 25-19 to last year’s Class 3A regional finalist Mount Vernon, faltered 25-19, 25-23 to North Knox and stumbled 25-13, 25-14 to the host Tigers at Evansville. Miriah Libering tallied 34 assists through the three matches while Madison Fella pelted 23 kills. CJ Nance bagged two aces and four kills against the Tigers and April Kippenbrock registered three kills and four digs against the Wildcats.

Jeffersonville Invitational: Jasper plucked first-place finishes at all three singles positions and grabbed first place with 36 points; Delta (28) finished runner-up while Evansville Memorial and Columbus North (24) tied for third in the eight-team gathering.

The Wildcat singles trio did have to survive tough first-round encounters en route to titles. At No. 1 singles, Eli Seng overcame Bloomington North’s Peter Leonard 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, then rolled 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1 in his final two. No. 2 singles player Grant Weaver topped Northeastern’s Grant Esposito 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, then accelerated to 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-2 verdicts. And at No. 3 singles, Logan Mathies dropped just one game in his final two matches after beating Jeffersonville’s Brock Winchell 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

The No. 2 doubles pair of Nick Monesmith and Luke Hochgesang chipped in a third-place finish for the Cats.

Bloomington North Invitational: With Amy Troesch (21:57) placing 12th and Sarah Pund (23:12) running 35th, Forest Park’s girls wrapped up sixth place in the 15-team event.

The Ranger boys were ninth of 13 squads, as Trey Dooley (22nd, 17:43), Cody Flamion (28th) and Sean Verkamp (32nd) all finished within 27 seconds of one another.

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