Saturday, October 15, 2005

BEN DAVIS BOYS & GIRLS WIN SOCCER SECTIONAL

DOUBLE TREAT. Becky and I were treated to a double victory today as soccer parents and as supporters of high school soccer teams that have struggled for years in the shadow of a dominant football program. With Jared a senior captain and Molly a freshman starting as a defender, we had a pretty nerve-wracking evening. BD soccer reached its highest level of respect earlier this evening, winning IHSAA State Tournament Sectional Championships for both boys and girls. Ironically, BD's highly-touted football team is not even ranked with a record of 5-4.

BD BOYS SHUT DOWN PIKE. Ben Davis boys upset the state's #1-ranked Pike, 3-2, to win the Pike Sectional. Jared shut down Elihadji Dieng (again) while Ben Davis' offense attacked repeatedly. Tamba Samba provided the first goal, Alberto Terran booted a solo second goal from fifty feet out, and Brock Easton shuffled in a score at the 18-minute mark in the second half. BD held off Pike's frantic late-game comeback effort. What a celebration it was when time ran out! This is the first Sectional Championship for the Ben Davis boys. They move on to play Avon in the Regionals on Tuesday at Avon.

LADY GIANTS WIN ON PKs. We drove from Pike High School back to Ben Davis, where the BD girls' Sectional Championship game with Pike was underway. BD scored early in the game and dominated play, but could not muster another goal. Pike scored midway through the second half and the game went into overtime. Still tied at the end over overtime, the game was settled with each team taking five penalty kicks each. BD put more PKs in the goal than Pike and won the nail-biter. But a win is a win, and the lady Giants advance to Regional play next week.