DANVILLE – Southmont's boys soccer team's quest for a sectional title came to a sudden halt with an 11-2 loss to Greencastle in the semifinals.
A seven - goal first half, led by the Tigers Cubs senior Jakob Foss scoring five, put the match out of reach for the Mounties, who finish their season 3-12-1.
South's Beckett Jett scored on a first-half penalty kick, and the junior added a second, unassisted goal in the second half.
“They (Greencastle) scored in the first minute,” South coach Brandon Rash said, “and that took us down a notch and really took away the high from Monday (the overtime win over Crawfordsville). We got the penalty kick by Jett to tie the game at 1-1 and we really picked up some momentum.”
“It was 3-1 until the last five minutes of the first half,” Rash continued. “Their middle really ripped some shots.” Greencastle scored four times in the last four-plus minutes.
Foss finished with six goals to up his team-best total to 34. He also had two assists.
“In our first meeting, they scored three times on corner kick scores,” Rash said. “Today they really pushed the ball into the middle.”
Jett's goal came with 22:08 left in the first half. It stayed tied for five more minutes until Foss scored twice more.
The Tiger Cubs move to 12-2-2 on the season. The also defeated the Mounties earlier in the season. Greencastle peppered Mounties goal keeper with 25 shots, and the freshman turned away 14.
South was only able to put four shots on Greencastle goalie James Beck.
The loss ends the soccer careers for three seniors, Tyler Etcheson, Takashi Greiner and Connor Osborn.
“All three of these guys have played varsity soccer since their freshman years,” Rash said. “Tyler was telling me today that he still remembers the first time he went into a game his freshman year. We will miss their positive attitudes, their hard work habits and their good-natured styles.”
The Mounties return a solid nucleus for next season, and the coach had a couple messages.
“Record-wise, we didn't accomplish what we wanted this season” Rash said. “We have seen a lot of improvements this season in a lot of those younger guys, and we will work forward from that. The message is easy – keep fighting, keep playing and never give up.”
The Tiger Cubs advance to the sectional finals Saturday afternoon and will take on xxxx, who defeated xxxx x-x in the other semifinal match.