In the conference opener for Shelbyville, the Bears had a unique opportunity. The Hoosier Heritage Conference has a traveling trophy for the boys’ soccer programs, known as “the bell”. Delta visited Shelbyville as the holders of this trophy. The game was tight throughout, with the Bears creating several chances, but were unable to beat the Eagle keeper. Alex Gil was especially dangerous in the first half, finding space on the wing to get behind the defense. Evan Witte was a standout in the midfield, being the pivot man behind the offense and defense. Witte and Oscar Hernandez picked apart the Delta defense with their passing, and Witte often dropped deep to help protect the Bears defense when needed. In a scoreless game late in the second half, Witte played a nice combination pass with Nolan Parker, who played the ball back to Witte after he made a run around the Delta defense. Witte was able to pick out Hernandez in the middle of the box to finally find the back of the net. Cameron Baker, Jackson Browning, and keeper Kaleb Schaf solidified the defense and didn’t allow Delta to make a comeback. This was Schaf’s second shutout of the season.
The Bears will take on Batesville Tuesday before traveling to New Pal to defend the bell.