The sectional title game against East Central was always going to be a battle. The Trojans started off fast with a counter attack within 5 minutes. They played the outlet on the left flank, drove the sideline, and crossed to a diving header at the back post. Like several times this season, Shelbyville responded. They stayed organized defensively and looked for opportunities to attack. Late in the first half, Benny Cazares and an East Central player got tangled up. The Trojan threw a punch at Cazares which resulted in both players being ejected.
Shelbyville adjusted at halftime and found a renewed energy. Alex Gil found himself with a pocket of space in the box and equalized early in the second half. The Golden Bears pushes forward with momentum for much of the second half. Gil and Eddie Carrizalez has opportunities to take the lead but we’re unable to find the back of the net. After a penalty was awarded for East Central, Kaleb Schaf stepped up and made a huge save to keep the game tied. However with 3 minutes remaining, the Trojans places another header into the side net. Shelbyville continued to press and were unlucky not to receive a penalty of their own after the Trojan keeper missed his clearing punch and collided with Gil.
The result will sting for a while after being so close to a first sectional title in a decade, but the 2020 season was historic for the Golden Bear program. First HHC championship in 11 years and several hurdles that have plagued Shelbyville in recent years were overcome.