The Batesville High School boys soccer team scored twice in the second half to defeat Madison by a slim margin of 3-2.
The Bulldogs and Cubs entered halftime knotted at 1-1.
After falling behind early, the Bulldogs countered with a goal near the 10 minute mark. James Balser intercepted a Madison pass and cut inside toward the Cub goal. Balser then sent a cross to the far post to a wide open Diego Osante who collected the ball and sent it into the back of the net, according to BHS coach Chris Fox.
It was a different second half for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of goals to go up 3-1. John Krieger tallied the first followed by one from Ian Prickel.
Madison capitalized on a Batesville miscue, but neither team would score of the final 24 minutes leaving it a 3-2 victory for the Bulldogs.
"This game was very similar to the Shelbyville game earlier this week,” Fox commented. “We came out a little flat and Madison capitalized early.
“Instead of playing our style of game, we forced the play and didn't play as a team. We forgot the fundamentals and struggled to calm down after we got behind,” he added.
The coach was much more pleased with the effort and return to their style of play.
“The second half was much better as we got back to playing our possession-style offense,” he commented. “ The two quick goals after halftime were critical.
“This was another excellent learning opportunity for us and it proves we are able to overcome and hold on for the win,” he added.
The Bulldogs improved to 7-1-1 with the victory.
Junior varsity nets seven in win
The Batesville junior varsity squad was an easy 7-0 winner over the Cubs.
Batesville scored five times in the first half and closed with two in the second.
Scoring goals for the Bulldogs were Austin Schutte (2), Josh Keith, Wade Volk, Matt Weiler and Matt Dennis.