Southwestern’s Christian Balboa (7) fires on Shawe goalkeeper Joseph Lisle after evading Hilltoppers defender Grant Suggett (15) with a dribble spin move as Shawe’s Schuyler Edwards (14) tries to help defend on the play. Balboa scored on the play and the Rebels defeated the Hilltoppers 3-2 in Hanover on Monday. (Staff photo by James Pence)
Southwestern’s Christian Balboa (7) fires on Shawe goalkeeper Joseph Lisle after evading Hilltoppers defender Grant Suggett (15) with a dribble spin move as Shawe’s Schuyler Edwards (14) tries to help defend on the play. Balboa scored on the play and the Rebels defeated the Hilltoppers 3-2 in Hanover on Monday. (Staff photo by James Pence)
Southwestern out-shot Shawe in Monday’s Ohio River Valley Conference soccer showdown in Hanover and that proved to be one big difference in the final outcome.

The Rebels took more shots and made just enough count to claim a 3-2 victory over their Jefferson County rivals.

The two teams had met earlier on Aug. 29 when the Rebels had to mount a second half comeback at Shawe just to tie the game 2-2. On Monday, Southwestern made sure a similar scenario never came into play.

After both teams played a scoreless 29 minutes, the Rebels finally broke through in the 30th minute when Oriel Roca-Kirchner kicked a powerful rocket shot that Shawe goalkeeper Joseph Lisle nor any other defender could react in time to stop for a 1-0 Rebels lead.

The Rebels then added a second goal with just under two minutes left in the first half when Christian Balboa sprinted past the Shawe defense to face Lisle one-on-one. That was more than enough advantage for Balboa, whose shot found the back of the net to give Southwestern a 2-0 halftime lead in the 39th minute.

“Having a couple of goals going into half is a very big thing,” Southwestern coach Kevin Dillman said. “We’ve been trying to get our guys to not dribble and play back to somebody with a better opportunity. That was one of our big things. We had several shots that came from getting a touch back to somebody with better field position.”

Meanwhile, Southwestern’s defense did it’s part to hold the Hilltoppers in check, including stopping a penalty kick in the 20th minute that Shawe was awarded after a foul in the box.

Nick Weatherbee lined up the PK from the left side, but Rebel keeper Mitchell Cline came through under pressure to make the save and give the Rebels the momentum they needed to close out the first half on a high note.

In the second half, Shawe finally picked up some momentum in the 49th minute when Bryan Avalos scored the first of his two goals in the half to make it 2-1.

The Rebels, however answered right back seven minutes later when Connor Skirvin’s shot from the left side found net to make it 3-1.

Avalos added his second goal in the 74th minute to set the final 3-2 margin as neither team could score again.

“We had some good opportunities really early on,” said Shawe assistant coach Cameron Willoughby, who filled in for head coach Seth Hall. “I felt like we had a couple of opportunities where we needed to probably be willing to shoot from outside a little bit more, which is something we’ve been talking about and working on.”

Southwestern is now 3-3-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the ORVC while Shawe is 4-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the conference. Both team remain in conference for their next games on Wednesday. The Rebels visit South Ripley while the Hilltoppers travel to Rising Sun.



Cole’s hat trick leads Rebels

After losing to Rising Sun 5-1 at home on Aug. 28, the Rebels exacted some payback Monday by beating the Lady Shiners 5-2 at Rising Sun on Monday.

Emma Foley got the Rebels on the scoreboard first with a strong, high kick from the top right of the box thagt passed through the reaching fingertips of the goalie for a 1-0 lead. Later in the first half, Foley scooped the ball over several defenders to Kayla Adkins, who drew out the goalie and then passed to Taylor Cole for the finisher and a 2-0 lead.

In the second half, Cole netted her second goal after a nice pass from Foley. Adkins had a strong kick from 30 yards out that the goalkeeper got a hand on, but the defender and goalie could not clear before Foley managed to put it in for Southwestern’s fourth goal of the game.

A couple minutes later, Rising Sun’s Kinsey Price scored on a nice shot but injured her arm on a fall after the shot.

The Rebels’ final goal came when Foley took a shot that the goalie deflected, but Cole was right there to put the ball in the net to complete the hat trick.

Rising Sun’s Sidney Pitts finished the scoring on a free kick for the final 5-2 margin.

I was very proud of our girls today,” said Southwestern coach Nancy Totten. “Our forwards moved well and one could feel the joy they had playing together. Mary Schroeder at stopper played relentlessly tough. It is to her credit that players did not get very close to the goal for shots. Marissa Webster continued as a beautiful but solid wall for us. Kristin Thorpe had a great game anticipating the action and keeping their players forward and outside. Isabel Brooks at sweep challenged and intercepted many a ball which was especially key early on in getting the momentum our way. Kate Sampson at goal had some great saves which helped fuel our momentum. The midfield is the glue. I was proud of the whole team at the half recognizing the need to move together and then adjusting and playing a great team game.”

The Rebels travel to Charlestown at 6 p.m. today.



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Milan defeated Switzerland County 3-1 on Monday. Conner Miles netted two goals and Ev Robers added a goal for Milan.