HEBRON — Times No. 7 Boone Grove looked for a big road win.
Ken Burbridge’s Wolves did just that Wednesday, edging No. 10 Hebron 2-1.
“I am ecstatic that we won. They are our rival. They won last year,” the Boone Grove coach said. “We have been waiting for this match since last year. We circled it on our calendars.”
Ambur Ecklund picked up four saves, allowing a first-half goal.
“All the credit to (Ecklund). She had an incredible game,” Burbridge said. “This was the best game I have seen her play.”
The Wolves got on the scoreboard first, scoring on Melanie Wolf's penalty kick in the 18th minute.
Boone Grove was not done, as freshman Lexi Darnell found the back of the net in the 26th minute, thanks to an assist from Brooke Burbridge.
Hebron answered back, as Kyleigh Laska found Katlyn Cherry and Cherry scored in the 33rd minute to make it 2-1.
Burbridge said his team could have had many more shots but he credited Hebron’s defense.
“Our forwards are our strength of our team and did not have many shots,” Burbridge said.
The rest of the game, both teams were held off the scoreboard.
With two starters out with injuries including goalkeeper Shannon Schultz, Hebron coach James Schmidt said he was still pleased on how his team played.
“We lost on a PK,” Schmidt said. “It was a really close game throughout.”
Hawks goalie Alexys Rippe made her first start on goal this season and did not disappoint despite getting the loss. She ended with 10 saves.
Rippe held the Wolves off the scoreboard in the second half.
“(Rippe) gained more experience in goal (Wednesday),” Schmidt said. “Her experience in her travel club soccer tomteam makes her a huge asset.”
Boone Grove returns to action next Tuesday, as the Wolves travel to Rensselaer, while Hebron has a quick turnaround and hosts Marquette Catholic at 5 p.m. today.