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Red Devils miss by inches during 2-0 regional semifinal loss to Bloomington North

October 14, 2011
North Central Conference



Written by
Josh Chapin
Spots Editor

 

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Richmond's regional run ended in inches.

A couple of inches to the left, and Jared Winn doesn't have the reach needed to convert his first-half goal. A couple of inches to the right, and the Red Devils are tied before halftime.

Instead, Winn's extra effort went a long way for Bloomington North as the Cougars halted RHS 2-0 in a Class 2A boys soccer regional semifinal.

"Everyone stepped up again," said RHS senior David Miller. "We played our hardest, we just couldn't get the bounce of the ball."

Winn, the Cougars' back-up goalkeeper, kept a critical play alive in the first half. He fielded a pass from Ryan McCormack just over the RHS defense, and had only the Red Devil keeper left to beat.

Winn, playing on the left side of the goal, scooted the ball even more to the left, and just out of the way of Drew Barrett's outstretched fingertips about 6 yards in front of the net.

With that move, the ball looked destined for out of bounds, but Winn didn't give up on the play. He hooked it right with his left foot before it went out of bounds, and converted with 28:50 remaining in the first half.

Kiel Perez scored with 10:05 left in the game to give the Cougars a two-goal advantage.

The Red Devils, though, had their sights set on a second straight rally.

Nate Guth soon made a strong cross that went untouched across the mouth of the Bloomington goal before being cleared by the Cougars. Josh Anderson sent a pass to Jose Vargas that Vargas was just a few inches from pushing past the Cougar keeper, only to be snatched up by Adam Marte at the last second.

"We're in the game, we're the winners of that game, if we just capitalize on our chances," said RHS coach Sam Byrd. "I think we had the best chances in the game. These are the big games when you have to take advantage of the big chances."

More inches foiled the Red Devils in a second half that featured a light mist of rain.

With that move, the ball looked destined for 

for out of bounds, but Winn didn't give up on the play. He hooked it right with his left foot before it went out of bounds, and converted with 28:50 remaining in the first half.

Kiel Perez scored with 10:05 left in the game to give the Cougars a two-goal advantage.

The Red Devils, though, had their sights set on a second straight rally.

Nate Guth soon made a strong cross that went untouched across the mouth of the Bloomington goal before being cleared by the Cougars. Josh Anderson sent a pass to Jose Vargas that Vargas was just a few inches from pushing past the Cougar keeper, only to be snatched up by Adam Marte at the last second.

"We're in the game, we're the winners of that game, if we just capitalize on our chances," said RHS coach Sam Byrd. "I think we had the best chances in the game. These are the big games when you have to take advantage of the big chances."

More inches foiled the Red Devils in a second half that featured a light mist of rain.

out of bounds, but Winn didn't give up on the play. He hooked it right with his left foot before it went out of bounds, Vargas passed to an open Andy Stevens, on the right side, who sent another attempt toward two Devils in front of the Bloomington goal. A shot veered aside left. 

Richmond's Mitch Ahaus nearly tied the game with 19 minutes left, but his shot was pushed up and over the crossbar by Marte.

"We were pushing them hard, especially all the way to the end," said Miller, who also had a chance on a header late in the game. "We just couldn't get one in the back of the net, unfortunately."

Those close chances went both ways. Josh Lipe-Melton skimmed a shot that went across the Richmond goal untouched by any other Cougar, setting up a corner attempt for Bloomington. Federico Ortiz soon sent another Bloomington attempt wide left of the Richmond goal.

But the Red Devils stayed in constant motion, kept active at midfield and kept themselves very much in the game. Playing a goal down was not a recent experience.

The Red Devils were less than a week removed from an outstanding extra effort themselves. They were less than 90 seconds away from a sectional final defeat this past Saturday at Freeman Park, only to tie and force overtime. Richmond then defeated New Castle on penalty kicks for a third straight championship, and 12th overall.

Columbus North (15-2-2) filled in the other half of the regional final, advancing with a 3-2 win over East Central in Thursday's first semifinal. The host school faces Bloomington North (8-11-1) for the Columbus North regional title at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Richmond finished its season 8-11-2. The Red Devils had three seniors on the roster -- Ben van der Merwe, Miller and Kahlil Allen.

"We played hard. I'm proud of all the guys," Byrd said. "We did what we were supposed to do. We just couldn't finish the ball."


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