Daily Reporter staff reports
The Mt. Vernon girls soccer team’s winning streak came to an end Monday night after falling to Class A No. 3 Heritage Christian 3-0.
The Marauders had won nine consecutive matches prior to the loss and remain 9-1 on the season.
Despite being held scoreless, the Marauders outshot the Eagles 12-9, but Heritage Christian found the goal once in the first half and twice in the second.
“We will learn from this first loss and be better for it,” Mt. Vernon head coach Steve Williams commented.
Dragons power to win
The New Palestine girls soccer team won a key Hoosier Heritage Conference match on Monday, defeating New Castle 2-1 at home.
The Dragons trailed after the break 1-0, but they rallied to win with two goals in the second half from Olivia McKilligin.
McKilligin scored off a through ball from Meaghan Matus to tie the game and later converted a cross from Lauren Heitman for the decisive goal.
“We came out and dominated the second half possession, working the ball well, resulting in a come-from-behind conference win,” New Palestine head coach Gina Fannin said.
The Dragons are now 5-2-1 on the season.
Cougars, Woodmen tie
The Greenfield-Central Cougars couldn’t find the net on Monday night and neither could the Greenwood Woodmen.
The teams finished in a scoreless tie. Greenfield-Central’s Kayla Enochs recorded the shutout in the net.
Dragons eke out win
The New Palestine boys tennis team found a way to win Monday, beating Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Pendleton Heights 3-2.
Matthew True was in complete control at No. 1 singles, besting his opponent 6-0, 6-1. Carson Gavin lost a back-and-forth battle at No. 2 singles in three sets.
Patrick Heffernan won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 singles for a key Dragons’ point, but the team lost another crucial match at No. 1 doubles.
Nick Rusche and Tyler Swain, however, secured the victory with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles.
The Dragons are 10-2 on the season and 3-1 in HHC play.
Royals fall just short
The Eastern Hancock Royals lost a close one Monday to Frankton 3-2.
Duncan Cherry won his match at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2. Corbin Jennings was also victorious at No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 6-6 (4-7), 6-0 triumph.
From there the Eagles won the day by taking the next three matches.
Cougars rally back
The Greenfield-Central Cougars lost every first set on Monday against the Shelbyville Golden Bears, but they won the dual 3-2.
The Cougars thrived in the second and third sets and won two of three singles matches and at No. 1 doubles to secure victory.
Zak Lawhorn won 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 at No. 1 singles. Kyle Willis beat his opponent 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in a gritty match.
Saben Fletcher and Dylan Wilburn powered back to win their doubles match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Cougars are now 5-4 on the season and 1-3 in HHC matches.
Freshman sets record
New Palestine freshman Annaliese Fox set a nine-hole school record to lead the Dragons girls golf team to a 156-170 win against Pendleton Heights on Monday.
Fox recorded a 3-under-par 33 at Fall Creek Golf Club in Pendleton, and the Dragons were one stroke short of the team’s nine-hole school record.
Mackenzi Black shot a 40, Cassidy Harp had a 41 and Payton Hill finished with a 42.
“We have a busy week before sectional this weekend and knew this match would be close,” New Palestine head coach Gregg Greene said.
“It was good to see the girls play relaxed and focused.”
Cougars lead way
The Greenfield-Central Cougars tied Mt. Vernon in their three-way with Warren Central, but they earned the tiebreaker to take first with a 212.
The Marauders also finished with a 212, while Warren Central was third at 246.
The Cougars fifth score broke the deadlock atop the final leaderboard. Lindsey McCord led the Cougars with a 48. Amanda Edwards followed with a 54, and both Megan Garner and Phoenix Breese carded 55s. Rose Gerard had a 62, which secured the win for the team.