Rangers stop Tell City in sectional semifinals

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Sports Editor


DUBOIS—Tell City got a couple of good shots on goal and stopped a bunch of Forest Park shots but still lost 7-0 in the Class A boys soccer sectional semifinals Wednesday.
Grant Padgett started at goalie for Tell City and made seven saves, including a nice diving one.
But Forest Park managed to get five goals past him, including two that dribbled in despite being deflected by Padgett.
The Rangers’ second goal came on a penalty kick, which are usually hard to stop.
Noah Hawkins, Hunter Helming and Braxton Sicard each scored two goals for Forest Park.
Braeden Beard switched to goalie for Tell City with 7:05 left in the first half.
He made 13 saves and allowed two goals but shut the Rangers out the last 35 minutes.
“The boys continued to hustle - they weren’t going to give up,” said Tell City Coach Brian Fletcher. “And Braeden played great at goalie in the second half.”
They continued to hustle despite having only one reserve. There are 14 players on the team but one was sidelined with a broken foot and one with a broken toe.
Forest Park substituted frequently to keep its players fresh.
“As far as getting wore down and not being able to get fresh players in, that’s as much a factor as not having experience,” said Fletcher. “We have five kids starting for us that hadn’t played since elementary school.”
To remedy the lack of experience, he plans to have several players compete in an indoor soccer league in Evansville on Saturdays this winter.
“We should have eight to 10 players going down to play there,” he said.
He added, “We’ve got a lot of potential and we’ve got a good goalie coming up, Dax Huff, an eighth grader.”
Tell City’s junior high team finished 8-3-1 this fall.
The varsity Marksmen finished 0-13.
Forest Park advanced to Saturday’s sectional championship game against Northeast Dubois.