Senior night success for WHS

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Sep. 22—WHS boys 2, Jasper 2

There was time when the Washington-Jasper game was a good indicator of who would be the Big 8 Champion. However, even though they no longer share that battle, the rivalry was just as intense on Tuesday in Senior Night action.

And although the 13 Hatchet seniors playing their final regular season game may have been disappointed with the 2-2 tie, the first-ever between the two programs, it was a game no one would forget.

"It was two different halfs. We came out on fire. I was thrilled with the way we started. It was almost like we wished you didn't have to take that 10 minute break when you are playing that well," said WHS coach Evan Stoll. "Lately we have been the team that has come back in the second half. But even after they got the equalizer, I thought we did a good job of responding."

Washington's Tyler Boyd had two early chances in the first eight minutes, however most of the early play was in the middle of the field. Joah Horrall, the Washington keeper, came up with a big save off a Jasper corner kick 10 minutes into the game, and Boyd also had a nice chance that led to a WHS corner with 25:00 left in the first.

Jason Morales also had an opportunity for WHS at about the halfway mark, as the Hatchets began to add pressure on the offensive end, while Jasper's best chance came on a free kick at 17:00, but again Horrall came up big.

WHS was first to find the back of the net, as some great play-making from Felix Eriksen led to a pass to Boyd for the first goal. Only moments later at 14:49 Boyd found Nate Strange to make it 2-0. Jasper's Nick Lopez was given a yellow card after a dangerous play involving Thursday Htoo, but Htoo recovered quickly.

Jasper looked like they would get on the board when Jayden Boeglin had Horrall beat at 4:58, but put the open shot against cross bar saving the goal. Although WHS controlled most of the first half, Jasper controlled the final minutes, even though WHS had a 5-3 advantage in shots.

The Cats again nearly scored to open the half in the first minute, but the post helped WHS again dodge a bullet.

Strange was also cheated by the cross bar 9:00 into the second half, but the game remained 2-0. Horrall remained active in goal, but Boeglin finally was able to convert with 22:40 and cut the lead to 2-1. The Cats remained on the attack and with 18:57 left to play, Moises Ortiz evened the game up at 2-2.

Cat keeper Chase Spears saved a goal off a free kick with 12:00 left to play, as he had to go the air to make the save. In the final minutes, the intensity continued to pick up with chances going in both directions. Boyd added a good look at 3:30 only moments after teammate Connor Blair's defense stopped a Jasper chance.

Horrall had one last big save in the final minute and the game ended at 2-2. With the tie WHS moved to 8-5-1, while Jasper is now 5-4-4, with the sectional draw on Sunday.

The Hatchet seniors honored before the game included Connor Blair, Tyler Boyd, Isaac Green, Joah Horrall, Thursday Htoo, Hunter McCleese, Travis Newlin, Deshaw Parrish, Fabian Sanchez, Nate Strange, Jesus Urbina-Perez, Jesus Valdez, Lucas Jansen and Felix Eriksen.

WHS girls 4, Jasper 3

The Lady Hatchets (5-5-1) had just one senior on Senior Night, but plenty of rain. The rain started in the opening minutes and remained steady making for a slippery surface all during their rivalry game with their former Big 8 foe Jasper (4-9) on Tuesday at the Sports Complex.

However, it wasn't the rain that was the story, it was WHS's three unanswered goals in the second half moving them from a 3-1 deficit to a 4-3 victory.

Junior Emma Dant had thee goals in the game, Izzy Howell had one, along with some great defense from keeper Haliegh Cummins and her back row to help secure the win.

"I was very proud of our girls tonight. Emma and Izzy did a great job of creating shots. I am excited about the tourney and our future play. Our senior Abbie Mattingly only had limited minutes because of an injury, but she was very solid when she was in. Our juniors were great tonight, and freshmen really stepped up," said coach Madi Lee.

Dant gave WHS a chance 10 minutes into the game, but Jasper countered with a shot just wide left. However, with 26:33, Dant found a loose ball in the box and banged it past Maggie Huebster to make it 1-0. However, the lead didn't last long as Jasper's Tiana Figuero Yaoto tied it at 18:15. Freshman Izzy Howell gave WHS its next chance just inside 12:00, but it would be Jasper that scored next. Although the pace of the game had slowed, with 2:24 left Lilly Rashe went 1-on-1 with the Hatchet keeper Cummins to make it 2-1 at the end of the half.

Jasper had a pair of chances earlier in the second half, but remained 2-1 with 30:00 to play. Rasche also just missed a goal on a ball wide right, but it was matched by a close miss from WHS's Ella Niehaus. Yaoto picked up a yellow card for Jasper with 23:00 to play, but it didn't seem to make a difference as a minute later, Michelle Ondiek made it 3-1.

Washington responded at 18:22, after a free kick from Howell set up Dant for her second goal of the day and cut the lead to 3-2. Howell added the equalizer with a left footer at 12:45 and WHS tied the game with their second unanswered goal. Dant then put the Hatchets ahead with her third goal less than a minute later to give them a 4-3.

WHS defense than got two huge saves from Cummins and some great defense from Sydney Melton that keep Jasper from scoring.

The play remained physical, with a double yellow being awarded, the third yellow for Jasper, but WHS was able to hang on for the final minutes and came away with the 4-3 win.

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