Ravens fall to Wildcats
Hillcrest Ravens vs. Columbus Wildcats
The Hillcrest Ravens found it difficult to maintain possession of the ball in their offensive end, putting the defense under pressure much of the evening. In the early going play was back and forth though with a slight wind at their backs, Columbus was generating most of the scoring chances. The back line of Eli Ours, Aaron Hershberger, Grant Bender along with Collin Miller, Andrew Starr, Aidan Yoder and goalie Aiden Krabill, kept Columbus from generating good shots. Columbus finally found the net with about 10 minutes left in the first half off a head ball on a corner kick. Hillcrest finished the half well and looked to regroup at halftime.
The second half continued much the same way as Hillcrest struggled to create sustained offensive pressure. Early in the half Columbus lofted a ball into the box, a Hillcrest defender got his head to the ball knocking it toward Krabill in goal but putting it over his head. Krabill made a valiant effort to gather in the ball but a bit of a scrum ensued and Columbus player poked it into the net for the 2-0 lead.
In an attempt to generate some offense, Hillcrest pushed Noah Miller to the forward line and defender Eli Ours into more of a midfield role. This worked to generate some offense but Hillcrest found it difficult to convert the chances it created.
Hillcrest drops to 1-2 and returns to action Saturday morning at 9:30 facing Cedar Valley Christian in the first non-conference game of the season for Hillcrest.