Blue Ridge Soccer Settles for Tie against Fisher on Senior Day
FARMER CITY, Ill. -- Over the course of their four years on the Knights' soccer program, Josh Plunk, Conner Builta, J.J. Malone and Marco Marks (pictured above in that order) have won a total of 70 matches.
Tuesday's Senior Day game against Fisher did not result in one of those victories, as Blue Ridge ended the match in a 1-1 tie with the Bunnies.
Malone scored Blue Ridge's lone goal, giving him 56 in the 2011 season. He received a pass from Jon Jones that deflected off a Bunnies defender and left Malone 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Darrin Eckerty.
Malone fired a shot down the middle for the score. Jones was credited with an assist.
The goal tied the match at 1-1 in the first half. Fisher scored the first goal when Jordan Sizemore kicked one to the net past a diving Plunk on the left side.
In the first half, Blue Ridge had nine shots on goal. Prior to his goal, Malone had some quality chances to score more goals.
After one of his best chances, which was saved by a diving Eckerty, Builta looked to get a score off the rebound. However, a Fisher defender was there for the block.
Builta also had a chance to score with a free kick. However, his shot bounced off the goalpost on the right side.
In the second half, Fisher had a shot that bounced off the top post. Before that, Plunk denied a rolling shot by diving to the right side of the net to make the save.
Plunk finished the match with three saves. Eckerty recorded six saves for the Bunnies, who got six shots on goal.
Blue Ridge finished the match with 16 shots on goal.
The Knights end their regular season with a record of 17-2-3 and will play against Heyworth in the Monticello Regional next Tuesday.