TERRE HAUTE —
Host Terre Haute North made a quick shambles of what’s generally one of the city’s most entertaining high school sports rivalries Thursday night, scoring four early goals in an 111⁄2-minute stretch and whacking Terre Haute South 5-0 in girls soccer.
The Patriots claimed the traveling soccer ball trophy for just the second time and gave their school a 3-2 edge in the week’s North-South competitions. The Patriots also won boys soccer and girls cross country, while the Braves took boys cross country and boys tennis.
North can also finish no worse than .500 in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference play. Its next match, Saturday at Lawrence North, is the only other MIC match the team has left.
North had its first shot on goal in the first few seconds of the match, Brenna Bell’s cross being stopped by Brittany Vaughn, but the Patriots’ second shot started the onslaught.
Spencer Grim played a long ball ahead from midfield to Michaela Schuld, who spent most of her time Thursday streaking down the left flank, and Schuld buried the shot not quite five minutes into the match.
Less than five minutes later it was Kaleigh Sutliff who got a long pass through and Schuld connected again, both of her shots long ones that were impossible to stop. Even longer — and more impossible to stop — was a blink-and-you-miss-it shot from the middle by Spencer Grim less than four minutes after that, and the Patriots were up 3-0.
“[The Patriots] had some good shots. They had some really, really good shots,” coach Dave Drake of South said after the match. “Those were shots you hit maybe 15 percent of the time, and they hit three of their first five — all in the corners.
“That’s when, as a coach, you figure ‘It’s probably not our night tonight.’ ”
“We knew we could possess the ball,” said coach Kyle Baker of North, “and if we can get forward like we did tonight, we’re dangerous.”
Asked about degree of difficulty on those first three goals, Baker added, “We finished well … [the Patriots] like to score ‘pretty’ goals.”
“I came out ready to play, excited,” said Schuld, “but [the first two goals] were all because of my teammates. They get me all pumped up.”
That may be true, but it’s also probably a two-way street. The 5-foot Schuld — and she’s quite emphatic that she is that tall — is relentless and physical going after the ball, no fun at all to play against. Besides her two goals, she agreed, she also had “probably four” fouls.
“We’ve moved her around, trying to find a way to best use her energy,” Baker said of his small forward. “This was a new position this week, and obviously it clicked with her … she’s got a lot of fire. She really sparks the rest of the team.”
North’s fourth goal came with 23:48 still to play in the first period, another long shot by freshman Emery Grim — Spencer’s younger sister — that deflected off Vaughn’s outstretched hands. The second-half play was a lot more even, although the Patriots scored again when Spencer Grim’s through-ball set up freshman Maddie Stuck.
North keeper Brooke Frederick posted the shutout on what was announced as her birthday, and had maybe the match’s most spectacular — and face-saving — play. Just past the midpoint of the second period, she ventured about 30 yards out on the field to play a ball — and didn’t reach it. South’s Anne Hubbard launched a long shot toward the empty net, but Frederick was able to race back and field it on the bounce right in front of the goal.
“The second half was much better,” Drake said. “We’ll get there … and we’ll probably see [the Patriots] again [in postseason play]. … We’ve had that trophy 13 of the last 14 years; time catches up to you.”
“You never know which way [the North-South match] is going to go,” said Schuld.
• Heavy hearts — No excuses were made by any of the Braves, but Drake noted afterward, “It hasn’t been a great week.”
All of South High School and the entire soccer community was shocked and saddened by the tragic death of South freshman Hannah Crist on Friday.
The Braves all wore “Crist 34” T-shirts as their warmups Thursday night, and both teams gathered in a prayer circle prior to the varsity warmups. The Braves circled again after their pre-match exercises were completed, and the match began with a moment of silence.
Terre Haute South 0 0 — 0
Terre Haute North 4 1 — 5
THN — MIchaela Schuld (Spencer Grim), 35:14 1st
THN — Schuld (Kaleigh Sutliff), 30:42 1st
THN — S.Grim, 26:14 1st
THN — Emery Grim, 23:48 1st
THN — Maddie Stuck (S.Grim), 23:53 2nd
Shots (on goal) — South 10 (5), North 26 (13).
Corner kicks — South 2, North 3.
JV — North 3, South 0.
Next — Terre Haute North (7-3-1, 1-0 MIC) plays at Lawrence North on Saturday, junior varsity at 10 a.m. and varsity at noon. Terre Haute South (3-3-1, 0-1) plays Tuesday at West Vigo.