Lancers Down Sullivan For District Title
Patrick Halveland scored with just six minutes left Thursday and put Lutheran South on top for a 2-1 win in the Class 2 District 2 championship at Sullivan.
The Eagles (12-13) were playing for their first-ever district championship as they hosted the tournament for the first time.
After an impressive 4-1 win over Hancock in the semifinal Tuesday, Sullivan head coach Bill Kackley said the team felt they could defeat the Lancers.
"It was pretty frustrating," he said. "We gave them everything they wanted. We really wanted that one."
A year ago, Sullivan lost to Hancock 1-0 on penalty kicks in the semifinal. Hancock went on to be shutout by Lutheran South two days later. Kackley said the team was frustrated because they felt they could have given the Lancers a better game.
Thursday, the frustration was palpable as the buzzer went off and Jacob Rohrer's last attempt went wide. "It shows they care and they take pride in being successful," Kackley said.
Lutheran South took a 1-0 lead into the half on Jacob Hathaway's goal, but Danny Keogh tied it up early in the second.
Both teams controlled the ball and had opportunities to score.
"I felt we played great," Kackley said. "We controlled the ball and played in their end. We played on our heels, but stepped up and attacked and put on a lot of pressure.
Sullivan put seven shots on goal against Lutheran South goalkeeper Austin Reis. The Lancers had eight shots on goal, with Jacob Wiley making several big plays.
Kackley said Halveland's goal was a "weird play" where Wiley's view became obstructed. Sullivan had eight losses by just one goal this season and Kackley said it was just another one of the little things that seemed to go against them.
"I was proud of the guys," Kackley said. "We competed the whole eight minutes but had a bad break on a goal. I thought we were headed to overtime."