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SHS boys soccer team loses to Vikings, 3-1

By B.J. Hargis
Sullivan senior Matt Wardell, 9, and West Vigo's Dalton Montgomery chase down the ball during a sectional boys soccer match at Sullivan.

Sullivan boys soccer coach Perry Thomas has been searching for the right combination all season.
Thomas and his Golden Arrows got closer, but lost to West Vigo 3-1 in the semifinals of the Class 2A Sullivan Sectional 29 on Wednesday night.
Sullivan, who lost to the Vikings 5-1 back in the first week of the regular season, finished the season at 2-13-1.
West Vigo improved to 6-8-2 and earned a berth in Saturday’s sectional championship match against Greencastle, who beat Northview 3-0 in the first semifinal on Wednesday.
“First of all, hats off to West Vigo,” said Sullivan coach Perry Thomas. “They used their quickness on both offense and defense.
“We were able to make some adjustments tonight. To be honest, other than a fluke play or two, we outplayed them in the first half.”
West Vigo junior forward Tyler Joy scored in the eighth minute to put the Vikings ahead 1-0, a lead they never relinguished.
“Tyler Joy is a heck of a player,” said Thomas. “After he scored their first goal, we had to man mark Joy. We had guys following him everywhere he went.”
 Sullivan tied things in the 28th minutes as Lane Bogdan’s shot rolled off the hands of Greencastle sophomore goalie Aiden Rubinacci.
“Their goalie made a couple of outstanding saves,” said Thomas. “We had several shots on goal in the second half, but came up empty.
“But their goalie did have trouble coming up with a save on Lane’s shot, which tied it at 1-all.”
Joy’s second goal came in the 29th minute, giving the Vikings a 2-1 lead at intermission.
The only scoring of the second half came in the final 95 seconds when senior Andrew Beal got the ball past Sullivan senior goalie Jake Voliva.
“Because of injury, Jake had not played a lot lately,” said Thomas. “But I thought he made some great saves.
“Their second goal came when Boo (Braeden Thompson) had to come out and we had some different personnel in at that time. So that goal was not really Jacob’s fault.”
He thanked his five seniors Matthew Wardell, Kade Monroe, Thompson, Logan Elliott and Voliva.
“This was a difficult season for all of us,” said Thomas. “Things just never quite came together for us.
“I thought the boys played hard and were right in the match until the very end.”

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