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Shawe Shocks Rebels
Hilltoppers weather Southwestern onslaught for 1-0 win to avenge earlier 6-0 drubbing
, Courier Sportswriter
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:00 AM
BIG WIN: Shawe’s Grayson Rhoten (above, 24) celebrates with teammate Kyle Wisman after Rhoten’s goal in the 72nd minute clinched the 1-0 win for the Hilltoppers. Shawe keeper Jesse Fitton (below) faced 33 Southwestern shots — and stopped 11 of them — to post the shutout. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Southwestern dominated Monday's boys soccer match in nearly every conceivable way but it was Shawe that scored the 1-0 win in Hanover.
The visiting Hilltoppers were out-shot 33-11, including 11-4 on goal, and attempted only three corner kicks to Southwestern's 12.
But for all of the Rebels' many shots, they failed to connect on a goal and when Shawe's Grayson Rhoten scored with just eight minutes to play, it proved to be the only score the Hilltoppers needed.
"We're very pleased with the win of course," Shawe coach Jason Pattison. "We went from (losing) 6-0 to winning 1-0. I'm very pleased with the turnaround. It's another step in our progression."
Just two weeks ago Southwestern rolled Shawe to the tune of 6-0 in Madison, a game in which the Rebels also dominated the action nearly from start to finish.
Monday's game was no different except in the results. After a slow first 10 minutes, virtually the rest of the game was spent with Southwestern's forwards relentlessly attacking the Shawe goal.
But while the Rebels were getting off shots, only a third of them were directed at the goal. Shawe keeper Jesse Fitton stopped 11 shots to post the shutout.
It was that lack of focus that most concerned Southwestern coach Dave Bramer.
"We were able to keep up the pressure and that's good, but we have to make them quality shots, not just sheer number," Bramer said. "They say they're tired after the tournament (on Saturday) but this is soccer, that's what you have to do."
Southwestern's cadre of scorers - Cam Rogers, Austin Spray, Coleman Jackson, Michael Arberg and Eddie Tovar - were held largely in check, even if the quintet did get off their fare share of shots.
As the game wore on and the expected blowout didn't happen, Shawe appeared to gain more confidence. The Hilltoppers began to get more aggressive in the latter stages of the game and that's when Shawe finally broke through.
With 8:51 left in regulation Rhoten took a pass from Whit Grote and fired a shot through the crowd that beat Southwestern goalie John Vest on the left.
The Rebels responded with a frantic series of shots down the stretch but only one came close to the net. The Hilltoppers cleared the ball every time and secured the win.
"We possessed the ball much better than we did the last time," Pattison said. "I thought about the last 15 minutes of the game we really controlled the ball."
Both teams finished with 12 fouls, but Shawe committed only two in the second half. Vest had two saves for Southwestern.
The loss was the first in conference play for the Rebels, who dropped to 5-1-1 in the Ohio River Valley Conference with 16 points. Southwestern is 7-2-1 overall.
"Hopefully this game will be a wake-up call for us," Bramer said. "We have two more games this week and they are big games."
Shawe improves to 3-1-2 in league play for 11 crucial points. The Hilltoppers are 3-4-2 overall.
Both teams face road conference games on Wednesday. Southwestern travels to South Ripley while Shawe heads to Rising Sun.
Lady Cubs blanked 6-0
Madison girls soccer found powerhouse Providence to be too much, falling 6-0 to the Pioneers Monday at home.
Sarah Posante and Alyssa Jones scored a goal each, giving Providence a 2-0 lead at the half.
Providence tacked on their final four goals in the second half. Emma Roesner scored twice and Jones connected on her second goal of the afternoon. Vonnie Smith added the other goal.
Madison goalie Tess Lemen recorded 20 saves in the net.
Madison (1-4-2, 1-1-1 HHC) travels to Jeffersonville on Thursday for a Hoosier Hills Conference match.
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