Cats’ second-half answer nets draw with No. 4 Tigers

From Herald Staff Reports

Trailing at halftime, the Jasper boys soccer team engineered a response. And in doing so, garnered a result that could indicate encouraging headway to come.

After Class 2A No. 4 Evansville Memorial tallied the first half’s lone goal, the Wildcats answered in the first minute of the second half to muster a 1-1 tie with the defending regional champion Tigers on Thursday in Jasper.

Christian Leinenbach notched the equalizer on an assist from Brian Mata. Wildcat coach Kyle Kendall lauded the effort of his squad, which featured five players making their first varsity appearance.

“I was really proud of how the kids fought back after halftime,” said Kendall, whose team will battle defending 2A state champ Columbus North on Saturday.  “And we didn’t just sit in and settle for the tie, we had some quality scoring chances late in the game.”

In other boys soccer:

Highlanders 2, Rangers 1: Dakota Begle converted his second penalty kick in as many games but Floyd Central added a second goal with 20 minutes to play to spoil the home opener for Forest Park (0-1-1).

Tigers 3, Wildcats 0: Despite nine kills from Jasper’s Elisabeth Ahlbrand, seven kills, three blocks and eight digs by Tori Sermersheim and 24 assists from Teyah Leinenbach, Big Eight Conference foe Princeton swept the visiting Wildcats 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 in their season opener.

Marksmen 3, Raiders 0: Grace Kappner collected 18 assists, Maddie Lubbehusen scooped up 20 digs and Haley Langebrake added another 14, but Southridge fell 25-16, 25-21, 25-17 to Tell City on the road. Langebrake also tallied a team-high seven kills and equaled Taylor Uppencamp and Sydney Altmeyer with two blocks apiece for the Raiders (0-2, 0-1 Pocket Athletic Conference).

Lions 3, Jeeps 0: Jenna Stemle amassed 24 digs and Kendra Jacob had 10 kills but Loogootee silenced visiting Northeast Dubois 25-12, 25-12, 25-18. Emily Lueken added 11 digs and eight kills for the Jeeps (1-1, 0-1 Blue Chip Conference).

Jeeps 5, Rams 0: Another day, and another sweep for Northeast Dubois (3-0), which blanked its third foe in four days. The shutout of Paoli included 6-0, 6-0 wins by Tyler Haas at No. 1 singles and Ethan Kieffner and Patrick Betz at No. 2 doubles.

Wildcats 5, Patriots 0: Evansville Mater Dei subdued Heritage Hills (0-1) in Lincoln City as No. 1 singles player Dugan Kippenbrock played the closest match for the Patriots in a 7-5, 6-4 setback.

Wolfpack 229, Raiders 247: Taylor Seufert fired a 46 for Southridge, which stumbled against Crawford Coutny at Lucas Oil Golf Course in English. Rosa Ornelas contributed a 67 for the Raiders.
Patriots 240, Marksmen 243: Heritage Hills used Eryn Jochim’s 53 and three sub-65 scores to inch past Tell City at Christmas Lake Golf Course. Dallas Buse collected a 61 and Caroline Smith added a 62  for the Patriots.

Vincennes Lincoln triangular: Collecting five of the top 10 spots, the Northeast Dubois boys squad (28 points) earned first place against Washington (36) and host Vincennes Lincoln (75), while the Jeep girls squad (35) collared second place against the Alices (20 points) and Hatchets (no team score).

Luke Kerstiens (18:16) and Justin Kahle (18:28) nabbed second and third place, respectively, for Northeast Dubois, while Jace Kahle took sixth, Takumi Mundy crossed in seventh and Charles Recker rounded out the top 10.

Latesha Merkel scooted to a third-place finish in 21:40 and Lauren Betz nabbed seventh place in 23:31 for the Jeeps, while Rachel Breitwieser and Aubrey Knies finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

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