By Micah McVicker Flyer correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — PLAINFIELD — Plainfield’s Mason Fischer made a game-saving play. The Quakers’ senior denied Covenant Christian’s Jeremiah Rader at the goal line. Rader, a junior midfielder for the Warriors, won a header near the left post off a corner kick from the right side in the 53rd minute of the consolation game of the Westside Classic Saturday afternoon.
Fischer cleared Rader’s shot off the line, and Plainfield held on to win, 2-1.
Plainfield doubled its 1-0 lead in the 64th minute when junior Blake Wilson beat Covenant goalkeeper Steven Watson. The Quakers’ insurance score lasted less than half a minute.
Covenant forward Keaton Joseph drew his team to within one goal 21 seconds later, but the Warriors would not be able to come any closer.
After the game, Plainfield coach David Knueve, while happy with the win, wanted his team to know he expects more form them as the season progresses.
“The energy has to go up another level,” Knueve said.
Covenant coach Michael Johnson said his team showed resiliency in the loss, and that’s something the Warriors, who were last year’s Class 1A state runner-up, can build upon.
“They showed for the first time today that they’re not going to give up,” he said. “(Plainfield) got a goal, we came back and responded. That’s what they’re supposed to do. That’s what we ask of them, no matter what the score is.”
Plainfield’s Lucas Kesterson made the first goal possible, as he made a run off a throw in from the left side. Kesterson’s pass found its target as fellow junior Carl Robertson took the pass in the middle of the box and drew a foul.
Plainfield senior Kaleb Preston buried the penalty kick in the lower right side of goal in the 22nd minute. Watson dove to his right as Preston attempted the penalty, but guessed incorrectly.
Covenant attempted half of its four first-half shots within the next five minutes. Plainfield goalkeeper Jeff Todd denied Covenant forward Keaton Joseph’s one-on-one shot attempt. Covenant could not capitalize on the rebound.
A minute later, Covenant junior Jeremy Hendon’s shot from the top of the box on the rolled across the face of goal. Nothing came of the subsequent corner kick.
Plainfield doubled its lead 24 minutes into the second half.
Watson tried to corral the ball while lying on the ground with one hand, but did not have sufficient possession. Wilson scored on the empty net.
Johnson said Fischer’s play was motivation for his team.
“We were just trying to find guys who go out there to work hard,” he said. “We finally did in the second half. I wish he didn’t save it. But I was proud. Our guys were there. We were in the right spots.”