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October 13, 2013

H.S. BOYS' SOCCER: Menne’s OT goal gives Highlanders revenge of Jeff

Win avenges last year’s sectional loss, last week’s 9-2 defeat

FLOYDS KNOBS — In Floyd Central’s last two meetings with Jeffersonville before Staurday’s Class 2A Floyd Central Sectional championship game, the Highlanders were outscored 12-2.

That included a 3-0 loss in last year’s sectional semifinals and last Wednesday’s 9-2 regular-season loss at Jeffersonville.

It’s easy to understand why few believed Floyd could beat the Red Devils going into Saturday.

When Floyd Central senior Tyler Menne scored the title game’s only goal with 2:15 left in the second overtime, perhaps the only people in the stadium who were unfazed were wearing Floyd Central uniforms.

“We knew we had something to prove coming into this game,” Floyd Central senior Zach Lewis said. “After that embarrassment in the regular-season, we just wanted to show how good we are and how bad we wanted to play against them again.”

The sectional championship is the first for Floyd since 2007, meaning it is the first for any Highlanders on the current roster and for first-year coach Tim Rice.

“I’m happy for the guys,” Rice said. “We have 12 guys who have not won a sectional championship since they’ve been here. When I met with these guys back in the spring, every one of these guys without exception put winning a sectional championship as their No. 1 goal.”

“It’s indescribable,” Lewis said. “It’s one of the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”

After a lack of scoring chances by both teams from early in the contest to late in the second half, Ben Mann nearly gave Jeff the win with 14:19 left when his header hit the crossbar and bounced away.

Lewis responded with a pair of scoring chances late in regulation. First, Jeffersonville goalkeeper Luis Arredondo stopped a Lewis breakaway with a sprawling save with his feet with 8:07 left. Just 20 seconds later, Lewis was fouled in the box and earned a penalty kick. His shot sailed right of the goal, but Arrendondo appeared to be in position to make the stop even is Lewis’s shot had been on goal.

Lewis had two more breakaways in the first overtime, but he was stoned by Arredondo both times.

Arredondo finished with 13 saves.

“He cut all of my corners,” Lewis said. “He played a great game.”

“He was great,” Jeffersonville coach Carson Webb said of his senior keeper. “I don’t know what to say about him. I’m going to miss him. He saved us a few times. It took them 91 minutes to break through.”

With 6:30 to go in the second overtime, a Sean Brown shot was pushed wide by Arrendondo.

There was nothing the Red Devil keeper could do about Menne’s chance. With 2:15 to play before heading to a shootout, sophomore Jacob Austin got a pass to Menne’s feet in the box. Menne touched the ball once to get by an offguard Arrendondo.

Menne found himself wide open in front of the goal, and just a yard away from the goal, he tapped the ball in for the game winner.

“I barely remember it. It was like a flash,” Menne said. “I just started screaming and all of my teammates were there to celebrate with me. It was a great moment. I’ll never forget it.”

“As soon as I saw him get past the keeper, I knew it was in,” Lewis recalled. “It was a rush of excitement.”

Menne is not the player most would expect to score the Highlanders’ biggest goal of the season.

“We push our outside backs to get involved in the attack,” Rice said. “Tyler, without our prompting, did that. He saw the opportunity and went unmarked. The ball bounced our way.”

In the first 20 minutes of the contest, Jeffersonville out-shot Floyd 5-1 and the Highlanders needed a few spectacular stops from its goalkeeper Travis Foster to stay even with the Devils.

Over the next 74 minutes, however, it was all Floyd. The Highlanders had 26 shots, 15 of which were on goal, and 17 scoring chances in the final 74 minutes. In that same time, the Red Devils had 10 shots, just two on goal, and only seven significant scoring chances.

“We looked panicked,” Webb said. “For a team that won [9-2 in the regular-season], we were the ones who looked panicked and I don’t know why.”

The 12-3-4 Highlanders face Terre Haute South (6-8-2) in the first round of the Washington Regional on Thursday. The winner will meet either Castle of Evansville Memorial on Saturday for the regional title.

“I’m expecting some great teams up there but also more wins to come,” Menne said.

Webb said the loss is the hardest of his career.

“I think we thought we would win today,” Webb said. “That makes this a hard loss to bear.”

After winning six sectional titles in nine years heading into 2013, Jeff may enter 2014 as the the sectional favorites again. If the Devils are able to win another sectional next season, they’ll have to do it without Arredondo, Leonard Kwitonda and Austin Ali, who will all graduate in the spring.

 

CLASS 2A FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP

FLOYD CENTRAL 1, JEFFERSONVILLE 0

Jeffersonville               0 0 0 0—0

Floyd Central               0 0 0 1—1

SCORING SUMMARY

Second overtime


    F — Tyler Menne (Jacob Austin), 2:15.

GAME STATISTICS

    Shots: Jeffersonville 15, Floyd Central 27.

    Shots on goal: Jeffersonville 7, Floyd Central 15.

    Scoring chances: Jeffersonville 12, Floyd Central 17.

    Saves: Jeffersonville — Luis Arrendondo 13, Team 1; Floyd Central — Travis Foster 7.

    Corner kicks: Jeffersonville 6, Floyd Central 3.

    Fouls: Jeffersonville 10, Floyd Central 17.

    Cards: None.

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