In a matchup of 1-loss HHC teams, Shelbyville expected to be in a battle. The winner of this contest would claim second in conference, with an outside chance at being co-champions. The game also happened to be the last home contest for 15 Arabian seniors. Throughout the first half, Pendleton controlled possession through their back line. Whenever the Golden Bears got on the ball, they rushed their passes and looked out of sync. The Shelbyville defense held strong under a lot of pressure.
Coming out of the break still 0-0, Shelbyville turned up the pressure. Early in the second half, they forced a handball by Pendleton in the box. Oscar Hernandez calmly stepped up and buried the opener. The goal seemed to add even more energy to the Bears, who gained more possession as the game wore on. Midway through the second half, Evan Witte picked off a pass in an opportune position and quickly found Cory Taylor breaking through the defense. Taylor was able to beat the Arabian keeper to the ball to double the lead. With Shelbyville trying to see the game out, Alex Gil was tripped in the box to earn the second penalty of the night. Gil converted his spot kick for the game’s final goal.
Shelbyville closed out the regular season with a 10-4-2 record, including 6-1 in the HHC. That conference record is the best Shelbyville has had since joining the HHC. The defense also kept its 8th clean sheet of the season, helped by Kaleb Schaf making a great reaction save on a Pendleton free kick.