Rising Sun gives all in sectional title loss

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The Rising Sun Lady Shiners came into the 2017 soccer season with a goal of becoming the first school to win back to back conference titles.

With five returning all-conference players, that goal came true on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Milan.

But the road to the championship wasn’t as anticipated as coach Christina Rumsey saw two of those all-conference performers (Chelsea Brown and Kiera Oser) go down with season ending knee injuries then Miranda Hall became the third starter lost.

With just 15 players on the roster, sophomore Kinsey Price injured her shoulder in the first contest against Milan (a 4-3 loss).

It became a season of survival with wins over Switzerland County (twice) and South Ripley and a loss to Southwestern. Playing with just 11 players against Switzerland County and South Dearborn, the Shiners had to recruit from the volleyball team to give them depth in wins over South Ripley and Milan.

On Saturday, Oct. 7th, Rising Sun hosted number 12 Oldenburg Academy in the championship of the Class A Sectional 46.

Rising Sun had lost 5 to 0 to the Twisters earlier in the season.

Oldenburg defeated the Lady Shiners 6 to 0 to earn the sectional championship but it was nothing like the first meeting shutout.

The Rising Sun defense kept the game scoreless in the first half as sophomore Sydney Pitts moved back to defense with seniors Jayden McAlister and Kiersten Pruiett. Oldenburg had its chances on corner kicks but the strategy was working.

Senior Erica Schraeder led the midfield attack with Allison Steele, Emma Davis, Shyanne Higham, and Tiara Harrison.

Volleyball recruits Ana Castro and Allee Howlett saw plenty of action since joining with Castro becoming a starter. Others adding much needed numbers included Nicole Becker, Emalee Halloran, Morgan Pruiett, and former soccer manager Lura Little.

The Twisters came out strong in the second half with an onslaught of shots on goal thwarted by Shiner keeper Riley Chipman. Despite numerous saves, Oldenburg finally found the net on a goal by Katheryn Wilder with 32:51 on the clock. Reserve Grace Truesdell made it 2 to 0 at the 24:08 mark.

Down two, Rumsey was forced to move Pitts to the front line to partner with her longtime partner Kinsey Price.

Senior Kasey Baker, coming off just a few hours rest from a regional qualifying cross country performance, moved back to defense.

The Shiners hopes were still alive if they could get a penalty or free kick for Pitts but none came within her range.

Ava Geers (star of the Twisters 9-0 win over Switzerland County with four goals) scored with 10:34 remaining.

Martha Hildebrand scored with 7:11 followed by Wilder’s second goal at 6:02 and Faith Sullivan’s final goal at 4:15.

Rising Sun advanced to the sectional final with an 8 to 0 over South Ripley for the third win of the season over the Raiders.

Pitts made it 1 to 0 shooting around several defenders to score on a 20 footer at the 27 minute mark.

Price made it 2 to 0 on an assist from Pitts with 24:38 on the clock.

Price made it 3 to 0 after a long pass from McAlister with 23:02 showing.

Price’s third goal gave her a hat trick with 15:04 left in the half.

Pitts scored at the 11:47 mark then made it 6 to 0 with her third goal at 4:54 until the half.

Seniors Erica Schraeder and Kasey Baker rounded out the scoring with goals at the 28:45 and 20:11 mark of the second half.

Oldenburg opened sectional play with a 9 to 0 wins over Milan and Switzerland County.