Tuesday NPHS wrapup: Soccer wins thriller, VB sweeps EH
September 11, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The Dragons posted a dramatic 3-2 victory over New Castle Tuesday at NPHS.
New Castle was called for a handball in the box in the final minute, and Bo Owens buried the penalty kick to give the Dragons their fourth victory in seven games.
New Castle rallied from Dragon leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Matt Ernster scored on a double-assist from Owens and James Pridgen to put NP up 1-0 early, but the Trojans scored with seconds to go in the half off a corner kick. In the second half, Alex Melangton scored on a double-assists from C.J. Ritzi and Caleb Kramer before the Trojans answered.
"This was such an exciting game and a great effort by both teams. They battled hard tonight against each other. I give a lot of credit to New Castle for playing such a great game even though their starters were injured and they were not at full strength," NP coach Bobby Holden said. "Jacob White has a great group of boys at New Castle. I'm very happy to have them join the HHC. Our conference will be stronger with them in it. To my boys tonight, they played a great game working hard and adjusting throughout the entire game to get the win. Both teams battled hard and tonight the ball bounced our way. Looking forward to our conference game against Shelbyville at home on Thursday."
New Palestine won the JV match 2-0.
New Palestine improved to 6-4 on the season with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-20 victory over Eastern Hancock on the road.
Megan Hawley had eight kills, seven aces and nine digs to lead the Dragons, capping the match with her last ace. Jamie Morris had 10 digs. Taylor Lawson and Katlyn Keele had six kills each to help lead a balanced offense.
"We had a great serving game tonight," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said, noting that it was also an 18th birthday present for senior Ellen Poetz.
NP also won the JV match 25-8, 25-10.
The Dragons next play Wednesday at Lutheran.