The Rising Sun Shiners earned its first Boys Soccer Sectional title since 2000 with a 6-1 win over South Ripley on Saturday, Oct. 6h at Jac-Cen-Del High School in Osgood.
Rising Sun’s Class A Sectional 46 championship is the third sectional title in school history (1998, 2000, 2018) and first in the new three class format.
Junior forward Zac Brokaw returned from a knee injury to highlight the championship game with a hat trick
Leading scorer Jake Bovard got the scoring going with 28:00 on the clock and made it 2-0 when his shot deflected off the South Ripley keeper at the 13:24 mark.
James Bounds beat the keeper to the ball to make it 3-0 with 7:55 left in the half. Brokaw then put in his first score with 6:32 on the clock.
“He had been stuck on 13 goals before his injury. He came back today,” exclaimed Coach Robert Kelnhofer (Coach K).
The Raiders scored their lone goal with 3:41 until intermission.
Brokaw’s second goal came at the start of the second half (38:46)
The final goal came on a penalty kick, which Coach K said players selected Brokaw to take. It was good with 8:23 remaining.
“I told them (during the season) you’re special. You can go as far as you want to go. I credit that with the team chemistry. I’m proud of them,” added Coach K, who had his wife give players flowers to their supportive parents afterwards.
The Shiner defense was led by freshman keeper Jordan Parsons. The Shiners had a strong senior class returning but did Coach K think his freshman could handle the varsity spotlight.
“Actually yeah,” said the confident coach. “My son played goalie and saw potential. Some people saw a little kid. I saw somebody who could be a keeper and come out and be aggressive …and make a difference.”
The Shiner defense received praise as well.
“After Zac got hurt I had to put Ben (Lewis) back there. I had two outside backs (Peyton Bell and Lewis) who had never played soccer before. I moved (senior Brent) Webb from offense and along with a freshman (Brogan Radcliff) we had five, including Jordan, new defenders from last year,” added Coach K. James Bounds moved to offense with the Brokaw injury which gave the Shiners added another aggressive attacker.
Another key was the return of senior Nick Koons who did not play last season. “He controlled the middle. It took a while for hi to figure out what I wanted but he was able to pass it out to make it easier for Landon (Cole) to score.
The senior leadership was provided by Bovard, Koons, Webb and Brayden Bush.
Rising Sun (12-3-3) plays South Spencer (6-13) at noon on Saturday at Providence in Clarksville. South Spencer won three straight games (including a pair of overtimes) to win the Forest Park Sectional.