Dragon tennis advances in sectional; GSOC wins big
October 3, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The Dragon tennis team advanced in the sectional with a tough 3-2 victory over Mt. Vernon.
Several of the matches were close, but NP was able to pull out three straight-set victories to win, with freshman Jake Purcell delivering the clinching point at No. 3 singles with a big second-set rally.
Purcell won 6-3, and trailed 5-2 in the second set before coming back to send it to a tiebreaker. Purcell won the tiebreak 7-5 to claim a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory.
Connor Swain won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar won 6-0, 6-0 to give the Dragons two quick points. The lead was 2-1 as Colton Espich fell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1.
The No. 1 doubles match lasted nearly three hours and featured two tiebreaks, before the Dragons' duo of Pete Rusche/David Thompson fell 7-6(9), 2-6, 7-6(4).
"Didn’t have a good feeling about tonight’s match going in," NP coach Chris Hardin said. "We kind of struggled. We did survive. At this time of the year, that’s the name of the game."
The Dragons will play Greenfield-Central for the sectional title, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
The Dragon girls soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 7-0 shutout of Wapahani.
The Dragons had to get adjusted to a patchy field, but got going pretty quickly after that. The game was called midway through the second half due to darkness.
Amy Hilton scored a hat trick to help the Dragons build a five-goal halftime lead. Madison Parish also had two goals and an assist.
Courtney Smith and Alicia Petrow scored their first career varsity goals for the Dragons. Smith's goal came on a corner kick that deflected in off the keeper. She also had an assist. Katie Settergren had an assist, and Meaghan Matus set up Parish's first goal, setting a perfect cross from the left side for Parish to head in. Natalie Kehrt also had an assist.
"It was very bumpy and rough, which interrupted our passing game for a bit," NP coach Gina Fannin said. "However, once we scored, we got the ball rolling.
"We need to keep our momentum going into sectional next week."
The Dragons (7-7-2) open sectional play next Thursday at Greenfield-Central against Mt. Vernon.