Ravens hold Regals for 100 minutes
The Hillcrest Ravens hosted their first home game of the 2022 season, taking on Iowa City Regina, a perennial Iowa 1A soccer power. The match saw the young Ravens defense grow up as they withstood Regina’s offense, holding them scoreless for 80 minutes of action in regular time, plus an additional 20 minutes of extra time before the result was decided on penalty kicks, where Regina won 3-2.
Regina dominated possession of the ball, but found it difficult to break the back line anchored by Grant Bender, along with Mason Bender, Andrew Starr and Bryce Bailey. Midfielders Jorge Canchola, Seth Ours, Oscar Flores-Calix, Gabe Bruns, along with Jesse Blossom, successfully stymied the Regina offense. Behind them Aiden Krabill recorded fifteen saves during regulation and overtime to notch the shutout. Grant Bender played one of the best games of his career heading and clearing numerous Regina balls into the box.
Forwards Micah Gerber, Collin Miller and Diego Ramos were also involved in the action, helping defensively and also relieving the pressure on the back line as they sought to maintain possession.
HR #1 saved; HR#2 Grant Bender made; HR#3 missed; HR# 4 Micah Gerber made; HR#5 missed
Regina #1 made; R#2 Saved- Krabill R #3 made; R#4 made
Hillcrest 0, Regina 1 (OT/Pks 3-2)
Hillcrest drops to 1-2 overall and remains 1-0 in conference play. Hillcrest returns to action Thursday, April 14, at Hillcrest hosting Sigourney. Game time is 3:30.
After the varsity action, the teams played two 15 minutes of JV action. Again teams found it difficult to score as the JV match ended 0-0. Collin Miller filled the goal, making several saves to preserve the shutout.