Daily Reporter staff reports
FISHERS — Emma Langdon was right on target Monday night.
The Mt. Vernon senior roped the goal heard round the world off a free kick in the second half to tie the match, and the Marauders girls soccer team rallied back to defeat No. 12 Fishers 2-1.
The win pushes unbeaten and unranked Class 3A Mt. Vernon’s winning steak to 11 straight. Langdon, a Valparaiso recruit, scored both goals against 3A Fishers, giving her 10 on the year. It was her third multi-goal performance since rejoining the program after a two-year hiatus.
“It was a historic win for us. We have been grinding out games and playing iron man soccer with little subbing,” Mt. Vernon head coach Steve Williams said. “We were down another player in Shay Stindle, who had a hamstring injury; the rest of the players really stepped it up.”
The Marauders fell behind 1-0 as Fishers scored just 10 minutes into the second half. Langdon tied it up about five minutes later.
Langdon threaded a perfect side-angled shot from about 28 yards out on her free kick, sailing the ball over the defense and over the back-pedaling reach of the goalkeeper. The ball ricocheted into the net off the far post on a precision line.
She later broke the 1-1 tie with 18 minutes left in regulation off an assist by Alexi Hardie. With the ball played back to the Fishers goalkeeper, Hardie attacked and intercepted the ball and played it to Langdon, who cut right and fired her second goal into the corner.
From there, the defense took care of the rest.
“Emma had two great goals, and our defense really played with a lot of passion,” Williams said. “The whole team played inspired soccer. They just did not want to lose.”
Cougars on a roll
The Greenfield-Central girls soccer team continued its winning ways on Monday night, defeating Greenwood 4-1 for their fifth straight victory.
The Cougars improved to 9-2 on the season with the win led by an opening goal by Xavier recruit Lucy Brand from 18 yards out. Brand added an assist as the Cougars posted two goals in each half.
Jaeden Ailes added the second goal off a pass from Maddie Trapp. In the second half, Emma Sherman netted her first goal of the year on a follow up shot inside the box. Anne Marie DeKeyser scored the final goal on a breakaway. DeKeyer added an assist along with Kennedy Trapp.
Kayle Enochs recorded seven saves for the win in the net. Greenwood’s goal was the first scored on Greenfield-Central in the last five games and only the team’s seventh surrendered.
The Cougars host rival New Palestine tonight at 7 p.m.
Dragons top Trojans
The New Palestine girls soccer team converted five first-half goals on Monday to roll past Hoosier Heritage Conference foe New Castle 6-2.
The win improves the Dragons’ season record to 8-1-1 and 2-1 in the conference.
The Dragons struck first and often with Maddy Miller scoring the first goal off a cross by Grace Voelz. Miller fed Olivia McKilligan to give New Palestine a 2-0 lead.
Megan Jolly made it 3-0 with a goal off an assist by Olivia Lambdin. Voelz assisted Maya Stirm for another goal. Lambdin finished off the first half with a blast off a ball sent into the box by Haley Harrison.
Haley Weinrich scored a goal in the second half, moving up from goalkeeper onto the field as a position player. Voelz assisted Weinrich’s first varsity goal.
The Dragons play at Greenfield-Central tonight. New Palestine has only lost via a shootout and has one tie on the season.
Royals fall to Eagles
The Eastern Hancock boys tennis team fell 1-4 at Frankton on Monday. The host Eagles won both doubles matches, but Ian White halted the sweep at singles to score a point for the Royals.
White defeated Ethan Friend at No. 3 singles 0-6, 6-2 in the first two sets before seizing the match with a forfeit.
Kodey Huff battled at No. 2 singles for Eastern Hancock, falling 2-6, 1-6, while Duncan Cherry lost 1-6, 0-6 at No. 1 singles.
Golden Bears edge past Cougars
The Shelbyville Golden Bears defeated Greenfield-Central by a narrow 3-2 margin in a competitive match on Monday.
The match was tied 1-1 after Greenfield-Central’s Mason Bussel won 6-3, 6-0 at No. singles. Shelbyville reclaimed the lead with a win at No. 3 singles, but the Cougars tied it up again at No. 2 doubles.
The tandem of Sam Galyean and Garrett McKee won a three-set tug-of-war 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to deadlock the Hoosier Heritage Conference matchup.
A tough three-set loss by Kole Willis at No. 1 singles 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, broke the final tie and allowed the Golden Bears to escape.
The Cougars are now 5-10 on the season.
Dragons sweep Arabians
The New Palestine boys tennis team came out focused on Monday night after claiming their eighth consecutive county title this past weekend.
The Dragons opened a busy week with a solid 5-0 sweep of Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Pendleton Heights to improve to 10-4.
Matthew True won his match with a flawless 6-0, 6-0 score at No. 1 singles. Ben Blachly won the first set at No. 2 singles 6-3 and battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the second to win 7-6 (5).
Carson Gavin was steady at No. 3 singles, winning 6-0, 6-4.
Nick Rusche returned and paired with David Hockett at No. 1 doubles, and the duo won 6-2, 6-3 despite trailing 3-0 in the second set.
Dane Reid and Nathan Hubbard teamed to win at No. 2 doubles 6-3, 6-0 as both Steven Gutzwiller and Colby Wagoner were sidelined with illness.
The Dragons traveled to Arsenal Tech on Tuesday and play New Castle today.
Dragons defeat Arabians
The New Palestine girls golf team defeated rival Pendleton Heights 202-208 on Monday.
Mackenzi Black led the Dragons with a 46. Rachel Purnell followed with a 51. Izzy Gray finished with a 52. Regina Olsen added a 53 to win the match.
The Dragons are now 11-3 on the season and played Mt. Vernon on Tuesday.
Royals win in sweep
The Eastern Hancock Royals improved to 13-7 on the season and 4-2 in the Mid-Eastern Conference with a 3-0 sweep of Randolph Southern on Monday.
The Royals won 25-10, 25-19, 15-12. They host Southwestern (Shelbyville) on Thursday.