SELLERSBURG — Silver Creek scored five goals in each half on its way to a 10-1 thumping of Henryville on Monday.
Last season, the Dragons beat the Hornets 9-1. This year, sporting a 2-5-2 record before the game, the hosts were not taking Henryville lightly.
“This year has been way different for us, as you can see by our record,” Silver Creek coach Colin Bell said. “We have to take every game as seriously as possible. The boys showed that tonight, especially in the first half, knocking the ball around like they did. We’ve just got to keep building on it.”
The Hornets (5-4) came into Monday’s game with some confidence, having won four of their last five games. They also came in without two of their top players, Kade and Trevor Badger, who had a tennis match. Kade made it in time to get some minutes in the second half.
“If we had a full lineup, it may have been different,” Henryville coach John Harris said. “We would’ve had a different mentality from the get go. It could’ve changed the tides. I think we needed to be brought down to Earth a little bit.”
Though the Hornets lost by a wide margin, they had the first quality chance of the game. In the fourth minute, Kasey Robertson’s cross found Chris Buysman’s head but the shot went just over the net.
Less than a minute later, Ethan Eckert scored on an assist from Luke Lehmenkuler to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead. By the 15th minute, Anmol Ghale and Eckert added two more tallies to make it 3-0.
“After their first couple goals, we just started to hang our heads,” Harris said. “We have a tendency to hang our heads and we just mentally get out of the game.”
At center midfield, Eckert continued to distribute and facilitate the Silver Creek attack. Georgi Ganchev and Ghale scored in the 32nd and 36th minutes, respectively, to increase the lead to 5-0.
“I try to get the team involved, then get mine,” Eckert said. “I feel like if I can control the game, keep us spaced and make sure we’re disciplined, we’re a tough team to beat. If we can keep doing that, watch out come sectional time.”
Early in the second half, the Dragons erased any glimmer of hope the Hornets might’ve had.
Tre Gonzalez, Thavisha Jayawardana and Ghale score consecutively in the opening two minutes of the half and the lead ballooned to 8-0. Jayawardana scored again in the 47th minute and Ty Kessinger capped off the Silver Creek scoring in the 67th minute with a deep shot to the upper-right corner.
Henryville continued to push back and was eventually rewarded with a penalty kick. Robertson sunk the shot in the 72nd minute to end the shutout.
In the loss, the Hornets took 19 shots and managed to get seven on target. That was a bright side to the loss for Harris.
“I don’t let them dwell on the mistakes,” the coach said. “We try to take the positives out of it. I try to stay positive because we’re still building here.”
The Hornets coach hopes the game against the Class 2A Dragons can prepare his team for the tougher opponents they’ll see in the Class A sectional this season.
“It’s a good eye-opener of what to expect if we get further into the tourney this year,” Harris said. “This possessive style is probably going to be how Providence plays.”
SILVER CREEK 10, HENRYVILLE 1
Henryville 0 1— 1
Silver Creek 5 5—10
S — Ethan Eckert (Luke Lehmenkuler assist), 4th minute.
S — Anmol Ghale (Ty Kessinger), 10th.
S — Eckert (Tremaine Gonzalez), 15th.
S — Georgi Ganchev (Lehmenkuler), 32nd.
S — Ghale, 36th.
S — Gonzalez, 41st.
S — Thavisha Jayawardana (Gonzalez), 42nd.
S — Ghale, 42nd.
S — Jayawardana, 47th.
S — Kessinger, 67th.
H — Kasey Robertson (penalty kick), 72nd.
Shots: Henryville 19, Silver Creek 39.
Shots on goal: Henryville 7, Silver Creek 21.
Fouls: Henryville 5, Silver Creek 6.
Saves: Henryville — Thomas Green 2, Cody Wallis 7; Silver Creek — Jack Gleason 7.
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