After three goals were scored inside the first 15 minutes, it looked as though Thursday night’s Providence High School boys soccer game vs. Floyd Central would be a barn burner.
Instead, both teams settled down, and Landon Campbell’s second goal of the match, a bending free kick late in the game, settled the scoreline at 2-2.
“I thought we came out in the first half well…and played the game we wanted, went down 1-0 early and responded quickly, and we got the 2-1 lead,” Providence head coach Nathan Marshall said. “We were sound defensively through the first half. In the second half we took our foot off the pedal, sat in too much and they picked up their energy. We didn’t get in a good enough rhythm to get anything going.”
Campbell opened the scoring in the sixth minute, but Providence’s Eli Coker answered right back in the seventh minute to tie up the score. In the 12th minute, off a communication error in the Floyd Central defense, Braden Ranier pounced on a loose ball in the six-yard box and calmly scored to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead.
Both teams seemed to find their groove in the second half, but neither side were able to put a quality chance on goal. That was until Campbell had a free kick from 20-yards out, which he bent into the side netting.
“Landon has been for four years a solid guy we can count on to find the back of the net,” Floyd Central head coach Tim Rice said. “He’s somehow continues to find those places or spots on the field that give him the opportunity to score, and he’s good at that. He showed some leadership. That’s what we needed and he’s come through. He’s been a steady force for us.”
Following the draw, Providence moves on to face Covenant Christian out of Indianapolis on Saturday, while the Highlanders take on Jasper next Tuesday.
Other Boys Soccer Scores:
Madison 3, Jennings Co. 2
Salem 3, Henryville 1
Seymour 5, Scottsburg 0
Columbus East 3, Bloomington North 2
For the second consecutive game, the Floyd Central girls soccer team scored a half-dozen goals to rout their opposition.
After beating Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday 6-0, the Highlanders turned around and gave the same 6-0 thrashing to Mercy Academy. Gracie Fitzgerald and Katie Yankey each scored a pair of goals, and Renee Sisloff and Erin O’Farrell chipped in with a goal a piece.
“We thought that the game was really a great team victory,” Floyd Central head coach Lewie Stevens said. “Gracie Fitzgerald and Katie Yankey both had two goals each. However, our passing and our possession were able to set up much of our success and our defense was outstanding in stopping the attack and creating the offensive counter.”
Other Girls Soccer Scores:
Seymour 8, Scottsburg 0
North Harrison 6, Salem 4
The Providence volleyball team may have lost six seniors from last year’s title-winning squad, but early on the Pioneers look primed for success.
The Pioneers won their fourth match in a row with a three-set victory at Oldham County. Freshman Ceci Rush finished the game with 33 kills, and star junior Marissa Hornung collected eight digs.
“I thought my team played pretty well,” Providence head coach Terri Purichia said. They did some nice things offensively and were able to make a couple of adjustments for the second game. I think my setter (Lexie Libs) did a really nice job moving the ball around. In the big scheme of things our offense wore their defense down. They played good defense in the first set but we were able to pass the ball around better in the second set and that’s where I felt our team pulled away. It was a nice competitive match.”
Other Volleyball Scores:
Madison 3, Charlestown 1
Clarksville 3, Borden 0