Batesville had a home Soccer game against Shelbyville on Tuesday losing 4-0.The first half the Bulldogs held up defensively very well and actually outshot Shelbyville 8 to 3 with some great attempts at goal despite Shelbyville’s strong possession and control on the ball. However with the last 60 seconds Shelbyville scored as the ball was dribbled down the right side, the keeper came out to close him down, the ball was touched around the keeper and shot across into left side netting.Second half Shelbyville came out with more steam and Batesville lost momentum and confidence in the attack. This lead to several more goals by Shelbyville. 36:28 ball was shot from the right side and bounced off the crossbar and then headed into the net. 31:53 White build up from the back with some give and go and nice timed runs made their way through the defense and to the goal. Final goal 23:14 Ball worked its way up the middle for a long low shot on goal. The remaining time was spent with an effort to break the shutout, but unsuccessfully. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.
Press Association The Ulster centre’s absence paves the way for boss Joe Schmidt to pair Gordon D’Arcy and Robbie Henshaw to face the Wallabies. Former New Zealand Under-21 star Payne made his Test debut in Ireland’s 29-15 victory over South Africa, but hobbled off and was ruled out of action for last weekend’s Georgia clash. Medics initially thought Ulster flanker Henry was suffering a virus, before diagnosing a severe migraine. The 30-year-old was later discovered to have suffered a brain injury though, and now he is recuperating at home. Leinster back-rower Heaslip admitted Ireland will be weaker in Henry’s absence, but said his full recovery is the obvious clear concern. “He’s a big loss for us, he’s a great player,” said Heaslip. “I don’t want to talk too much on his situation as it would be unfair of me and it’s a private matter. “But that said, all the players are thinking of him obviously and he’s got the best guys looking after him now. “He’s a nightmare to play against: like every good seven he’s got that ability in the dark arts to get in there and mess ball up. “He’s a great player with a serious work-rate, he gets through a lot of work that he doesn’t get enough credit for.” Jared Payne will miss Ireland’s Test clash with Australia in Dublin on Saturday after failing to recover from his foot sprain, team bosses have confirmed. The 29-year-old was unable to battle back to training on Tuesday, and will now miss Ireland’s final autumn contest, with Schmidt’s men chasing a clean November series sweep. After Ireland chiefs confirmed Payne’s absence this weekend, forwards coach Simon Easterby said Ireland value performance levels over a potential seventh consecutive victory. “I think the performance is first and foremost,” said Easterby. “You get the performance right, then you get your processes right, and you get results out of the back of that. “Is it important to us to get a clean sweep? Not really. “Is it important to us to keep improving and keep getting better as a team and players? Yes, and that’s first and foremost. “Continual improvement is the most important thing.” Number eight Jamie Heaslip wished flanker Chris Henry a swift and full recovery from the “temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain” suffered on the morning of the South Africa match.
“I could show you [Pittman’s] stats right now,” Fink said. “The guy’s a monster, you can’t guard him. And that goes with [St. Brown], it goes with [Vaughns], it goes with [freshman]Drake [London]. We’re stacked all across the board and, with weapons like that, you can’t do anything about it.” But there are rare occasions that a skill position group dominates so thoroughly that it overshadows a team’s lack of physicality and subpar coaching. That was the case with USC’s wide receiving corps in its 30-23 victory over No. 10 Utah Friday night. We have to start with senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who had a career-high 10 receptions for 232 yards. In a game that featured its fair share of jaw-dropping plays, Pittman’s 77-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was arguably the most impressive, giving USC a 21-10 advantage. Pittman went up high to haul in the slightly underthrown pass, then held off senior defensive back Tareke Lewis while running 30 yards to the end zone. It was an absolute tour de force. “We’ve got wide receivers that are one of the most special groups I’ve ever seen,” Harrell said. “If they ever get one-on-one opportunities, they’re going to go win them.” USC was down two quarterbacks, had -7 rushing yards for the game at one point in the fourth quarter and lost the time of possession battle by nearly 18 minutes. How did USC put up 30 points and win this game? The answer is that USC’s three starting wide receivers were perhaps among the top five players in the game. USC’s prospects weren’t good entering the game. Utah was undefeated, destroyed a BYU team that beat the Trojans in Week 3 and displayed more of the physicality and discipline that helped them embarrass USC 41-28 last season. Things only got worse when freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis departed the game after taking a hard hit on the second play from scrimmage. Redshirt junior Matt Fink, who entered the season as the third-stringer, was suddenly thrown into the spotlight against the conference’s best defense. However, the most incredible part was that he physically dominated a Utah defensive backfield that features two potential All-American selections in junior cornerback Jaylon Johnson and senior safety Julian Blackmon. USC’s game plan at many times throughout the night seemed to be to throw the ball up and let Pittman go get it. Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor for Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every Monday. USC’s other top wideouts deserve credit too, even if their contributions weren’t as flashy as Pittman’s. After being held to one reception for 4 yards against BYU, sophomore Amon-Ra St. Brown caught three passes for 32 yards on the game’s opening drive. He then beat two defenders for a 31-yard score on another underthrown jump ball on the Trojans’ second drive. “At times we threw it into double coverage, up to [Pittman] twice actually, and he came down with it,” offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said after the game. “That’s just having a special guy.” Redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns beat Johnson down the right sideline for a 29-yard touchdown on USC’s first possession, helping the Trojans to a necessary fast start. He also made an impact at the end of the game, drawing a pass interference penalty on Johnson that set up redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp’s 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Pittman has showcased all the abilities that make him the best player on one of college football’s best receiving units. His NFL draft stock is rising after posting 19 receptions for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games. Pittman’s route-running is more crisp than in previous years, demonstrated by his ability to gain consistent separation against Utah. Utah’s offense left a lot of points on the table due to penalties and mistakes, and the USC defense made big plays when it needed to. Freshman defensive end Drake Jackson pressured Utah senior quarterback Tyler Huntley in the end zone in the fourth quarter, forcing an intentional grounding and safety. But the receivers played the biggest role in the Trojans’ victory. Much of Fink’s yardage came from the receivers beating Utah’s defensive backs to jump balls, a fair amount of which came in double coverage. Everyone knew USC’s receiving corps entered the season as the team’s best position group, but few anticipated they would be the biggest factor in a win over a team as good as Utah. To consistently win football games, the most important thing to do is to win upfront. No matter what people say about flashy position players, the best college and pro teams throughout history have dictated the line of scrimmage and dominated the point of attack. The receivers were so good that Utah had to change its approach early in the game, switching out of man-to-man coverage because it couldn’t match up with USC’s playmakers. Things won’t get easier for the Trojans as they head to Seattle this week to face No. 17 Washington, who defeated BYU at home 45-19 this past weekend. Washington has a recent history of fielding dominant defenses with elite defensive backs and that hasn’t changed this season. With multiple potential all-conference selections in the secondary, the Huskies’ defensive backfield presents a challenge for these receivers. If the Utah game is any indication, though, it’s a test they can pass with flying colors. The receivers didn’t win the game single-handedly. Fink impressed with several fantastic downfield throws, particularly a 42-yard bomb to Pittman on third down that set the Trojans up for their final touchdown.
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