SHELLEY - In a game where defense made all the difference, the Shelley Russets stood tall defensively despite dropping a conference match to the Madison Bobcats 2-0.
"I am so pleased with the defensive effort we got from the players today," said Coach Brian Park. "To give up those two goals early in the game, and then stay in the game and match them head to head was a huge improvement for this team."
The match was the annual 'Senior Night', celebrating the efforts of the lone senior on the team, Skylar Bobac and Bobac led his defensive mates and goal keeper David Butler on stand after stand when the Bobcats attempted to score.
Butler stood on his head at times in the net deflecting shot after shot, denying the Bobcats goals that an ordinary keeper might have let by.
The Russets were inspired by the play of the defense and their goal keeper and mounted some offensive threats of their own, mainly in the second half.
"We attempted to regroup a bit at intermission," said Coach Park. "While we were able to control our offensive play much better, we just couldn't quite capitalize on our offensive opportunities like we would like."