Red Devils hope to repel the Hatchets

 Webb: “We Are capabe of being competitive with anyone we play.”

Recently crowned regional champion Jeffersonville (18-2) will be hoping to upset No. 11th ranked Washington at the Evansville Central semi-state on Saturday (1 p.m.).

 After a penalty shootout victory over Trinity Lutheran following a 1-1 tie, the Red Devils  will be relying on its strikeforce to down the Hatchets, who themselves made it to this stage with a penalty kick win over Bloomington North.

Jeffersonville's Gavin Leavell

Last year, when No.8 in state and with a better 20-1-1 record, Washington ended New Albany’s march with a 5-0 victory at the same stage.

 However, this year Washington has lost games to the likes of unranked Bloomington South, Ben Davis and Ryle (Ky.), giving hope for an upset.

Coach Carson Webb, in his first year at the helm at Jeffersonville, will be more concerned about how his own team performs on the day.

 “We are excited about the opportunity compete with the best teams in the state,” said Webb. “I think my team is very good and capable of being competitive with anyone we play.

 “Washington is a very good team.  I have not seen them play, but I am reviewing game film that I received from one of their rivals, so I do have some perspective on their ability, talent, and tendencies.”

Webb will be looking to big performances in midfield and on the offense from Lucas Rigsby, Brian Fischer, Gavin Leavell, Roberto Martinez, Jordan Vejar and Vincent Straight, while Acy Huffman, Darien Tatgenhorst, Chase Scott and goalie Cauldon Feldhaus will need to be on their tippy toes in defense.

 “I expect a great match and hopefully we’ll be playing Saturday night in the finals and on to the State finals,” said Webb.

In the second of the semi state semifinals, East Central (15-3-3) will meet No. 8 Evansville Memorial (14-4-3). The championship game will be held at 7 p.m.

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