Despite the final score line, Shelbyville and Southport played a tightly fought match. The Bears struck first within the opening 10 minutes. Oscar Hernandez played a wonderful ball over the top to Alex Gil, whose shot forced a diving save from the Southport keeper. Nolan Parker was the first to react and put away the rebound. Southport controlled possession and near the halfway mark in the first half, were able to find a breakthrough to level the game. The match looked to be heading to halftime level, but Shelbyville turned the ball over in their defensive third with less than a minute remaining that Southport was able to capitalize on.
The second half saw several choppy sections of play as there were a combined 23 foul calls. One questionable decision led to a Cardinal free kick outside the box which found its way past Kaleb Schaf. With a 3-1 score line, Shelbyville threw numbers forward in an attempt to claw back into the game. Southport found a fourth goal late on a counterattack.
Shelbyville will open conference play on Saturday at home against Delta.