SCOTTSBURG – Silver Creek scored two goals in the second half to break a tie and held on to beat North Harrison 3-2 in the Class 2A Scottsburg Sectional final on Saturday.
It was Silver Creek’s first sectional title. the Dragons advanced to face Greencastle (16-1-2) at Saturday’s Heritage Hills regional.
“We’ve been building toward it since I began,” Silver Creek coach Colin Bell said of the sectional title. “We felt confident about it. We’ve been playing well and it’s starting to come together.”
After a slow start to the season, the Dragons have won 11 of their last 12 games and move to the regional with an 11-6-2 record.
Like the season, the sectional final didn’t start well for the Dragons. Despite being the aggressor and controlling possession early on, Silver Creek found itself down 1-0 after a goal by North Harrison junior forward Carson Wetzel with 23:44 left in the first half.
The deficit was short-lived. Under a minute later, Silver Creek answered when senior forward Anmol Ghale took a pass in front of the goal and punched it through traffic past North Harrison senior goalkeeper Quinn Kaiser. That tied it at 1-1 with 22:52 remaining in the half. That was the score at the break.
The Dragons didn’t score again in the first half but ball possession by the Dragons pleased their coach.
“The goal was if we can keep the ball and control it, we can wear them out,” Bell said.
The goal was met in the second half – and that led to goals.
Silver Creek got the tiebreaker when Ghale had a cross into traffic in front of the goal. Senior forward Keaton Goss did the rest with a header that found the back of the net. The score gave the Dragons a 2-1 lead with 22:53 left in the game.
“It was a matter of us stepping up and executing,” Bell said. “The upperclassmen stepped up.”
With the slim lead, Silver Creek kept up the pressure and it paid off. With five minutes remaining, junior midfielder Ethan Eckert took a pass from Ghale in front of the net and pushed a shot past North Harrison defenders and into the net.
With a 3-1 lead late, Silver Creek looked to be in control, but North Harrison wasn’t finished.
Just inside the final two minutes, Isaac Gleitz fired a shot past Silver Creek’s sophomore goalkeeper Jack Gleason. Gleitz, a junior forward, gave North Harrison a chance in the final moments, and made for an anxious final 1 minute and 54 seconds for the Silver Creek fans.
But Gleason and the Silver Creek defense didn’t give way again and the Dragons advanced.
For the game, Silver Creek finished with 15 shots, seven of which were on goal.
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