Boys soccer sectionals: Millers dig in, claim sectional title

From the Hamilton County Reporter

POSTED BY: RICHIE HALL OCTOBER 13, 2019

By RICH TORRES
NOBLESVILLE – The Noblesville Millers were down, but they were never out.
As their early 1-0 lead against rival Hamilton Southeastern quickly turned into a 2-1 deficit during the Class 3A Sectional 8 championship on Saturday night, the eighth-ranked Millers didn’t panic.
They dug in deeper.
“We just can’t drop our heads in that situation because as soon as you drop your head, they get another one and another one. With that one goal lead, it just wasn’t enough,” Millers’ junior Drew Barnes said. “We came back. We knew we were going to do it, and we did it.”
The Millers didn’t only storm back to tie the game 2-2 in the first half behind a header goal by Palmer Ault, they kept pouring it on to win 4-3 and dethrone No. 15 Hamilton Southeastern, which had won four straight sectional titles and five in the past seven years.
“I wouldn’t say we played a perfect game considering we were down 2-1 at one point with a couple of mistakes, but you know what, they persevered through. They were down, but they weren’t down,” Noblesville head coach Ken Dollaske said. “You could see that even when we were down 2-1, the bench had high energy the entire time.”
Motivated by what ifs and what could have been in recent postseasons, the Millers (14-2-2) clawed back to capture the program’s 13th sectional title under IHSAA affiliation and 19th overall in school history.
The key to claiming the team’s first title since 2013 and a clean sweep of the Royals (10-5-2), who they defeated at home 2-1 during the regular season on Oct. 1, was belief and persistence.
“Their approach was cool, calm, collected the entire time,” Dollaske said. “We probably had the best training session we had all season yesterday, so you could just kind of feel it. Everybody was locked in, and they were ready to go. They were going to be even keel but still bring as much energy as they possibly could.”
Jack Miller hammered home the game’s first goal in the third minute off a free kick to give Noblesville a 1-0 lead before HSE scored a pair of goals off deflected saves by goalkeeper Adam Carter as Isa Sayeed and later Neel Wetzel attacked the net.
Then, the 25th minute struck and so did Ault.
“That’s when we knew because we went down and they had all the momentum. He got that goal and it brought all the momentum back to us,” Barnes said. “That’s all we needed.”
Barnes fired in the go-ahead goal in the 38th minute off a ricocheted save that slipped past HSE goalkeeper Jacob Kane.
“We were down early, and it was a great feeling to get the go-ahead goal in,” Barnes said. “I couldn’t have done it without the cross, and the keeper fumbled it, and I was just there to put it away. They won the last four, and we wanted to break that streak. We knew with these guys we could do it.”
A goal with 40.9 seconds left in the first half by Kyle Goad off a header assist by Barnes provided the cushion the Millers desperately needed.
“We knew it was going to be a high-scoring game going into it. I let off a few I shouldn’t have, but my teammates held my back, and we kept playing through it,” Carter said.
The defense held its ground in the second half as HSE increased the pressure at midfield, disrupting the Millers’ attempt to add another insurance goal. The Royals nearly tied the game in the 65th minute but a Brendan Hench goal was waved off due to an offside call.
An interference call against Tyler Pulliam as he collided with Carter in goal erased another would-be goal in the 49th minute
Kam Greenwald cut the Royals’ deficit 4-3 in the 71st minute, but several crucial saves by Carter in the final 8:53 and two more in the final 1:30 preserved seventh straight win and the championship trophy celebration.
“We felt it turn. Even when they got their third goal, you could tell we were still locked in,” Dollaske said. “It was fantastic. It should have been 2-0 when Harrison Christman hit the post (in the first half), but yeah, we feel behind and our defense kind of bailed us out a couple of times. Our goalkeeper bailed us out a couple of times, so it was a collective team effort.”
It took everything the Millers had to stop the Royals, who had been a thorn in Noblesville’s side since 2015, eliminating Noblesville every year during their title runs.
“It feels good because honestly, we felt like this the past two years when they knocked us out. Two years ago, they beat us with eight seconds to go. Last year, they beat us in PKs, so it definitely feels great to reverse the tables,” Dollaske said.
Up next, the Millers travel to Kokomo for regional the coming Saturday where they will face unranked Harrison (11-6-1) in the semifinals at 10 a.m.
“It’s a dream come true. We have some of the best, youngest talent out there with (sophomores) Palmer, Spencer (Holland), (junior) Drew Barnes. It just adds to our senior crew as well,” Carter said. “It’s been great, young and old, and feeding off each other.”

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NHS Boys Soccer Stays Loose With Their Second-Year Sponsor, Shine Yoga Wellness

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For a second consecutive year, Tara Bushong of Shine Yoga Wellness in Noblesville has been a wonderful sponsor of the NHS Boys Soccer program. With her help, the athletes have been able to maintain high levels of physical fitness and flexibility. At first, Coach Dollaske was skeptical when the idea of providing yoga for the program was brought up. Taking time out of a training session for yoga seemed so “new-age”. Coach Dollaske didn’t think the boys would respond well to it so the idea was almost dismissed. Luckily for everyone involved, the yoga sessions began and they have paid dividends on the field. The athletes’ flexibility and strength have definitely increased and the amount of injuries have decreased over this two-year span. This can be attributed to Tara’s high level of enthusiasm that really connects with the boys (as witnessed in the video below). The weekly Wednesday sessions are something the boys look forward to. Even goalie coach Jake Hart looks forward to them and has been known to provide glowing reviews of the sessions.

If you are looking for a yoga studio in the Noblesville area, Shine Yoga Wellness is the place for you. Stop in for a session and tell Tara that Coach Dollaske sent you. #WAT

Carmel, Noblesville Boys Play to a Draw

Noblesville's Owen Mejia (left) prepares to kick the ball as Carmel's Babacar Diatta plays defense during the Greyhounds-Millers boys soccer game Thursday at Carmel's Brian Murray Stadium. The game, which was the season opener for both teams, ended in a 1-1 tie. (Richie Hall)

Noblesville's Owen Mejia (left) prepares to kick the ball as Carmel's Babacar Diatta plays defense during the Greyhounds-Millers boys soccer game Thursday at Carmel's Brian Murray Stadium. The game, which was the season opener for both teams, ended in a 1-1 tie. (Richie Hall)

POSTED BY: RICHIE HALL AUGUST 23, 2019 from the Hamilton County Reporter

Due to earlier games getting rained out, the Carmel and Noblesville boys soccer teams wound up playing their season openers on Thursday – against each other.
The Class 3A No. 7 Greyhounds hosted the 3A No. 12 Millers at Brian Murray Stadium in front of a big crowd, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Carmel scored its goal in the first half, with Drew Finkam finding the back of the net off an assist by Jackson Monsey.
“It was a good game,” said Greyhounds coach Shane Schmidt. “I thought that we had a lot of positives for it being our first game and their first game as well. It’s always a heartbreaker either way. It’s exciting when you score that goal late on, and it’s a heartbreaker when you get scored on late on for a tie. But I thought our guys played well.”
Noblesville got the tying goal with 2:56 left in the second half when Jack Miller mad a long free kick.
“At the end, I think they had some resolve,” said Millers coach Ken Dollaske. “Considering that this was our first game of the season, this was Carmel, everybody was hyped up, everybody was just playing very tight. I think that was pretty evident in the first half that we just did not play the way that the Millers could play. Second half, after we had a chat at halftime, I think they came out with a little bit more composure. It definitely showed the last five, 10 minutes of the game. We were definitely pressing to get that tying goal.”
The junior varsity game also ended in a 1-1 tie.

NHS Varsity Soccer Preview: High Expectations For The Upcoming Season

Noblesville's Palmer Ault was one of the leading scorers as a freshman last year for the Millers boys soccer team. Ault is back with Noblesville this season as part of a solid sophomore class. (Kent Graham/File photo)

Noblesville's Palmer Ault was one of the leading scorers as a freshman last year for the Millers boys soccer team. Ault is back with Noblesville this season as part of a solid sophomore class. (Kent Graham/File photo)

Boys Soccer: Millers Have High Expectations

POSTED BY: RICHIE HALL AUGUST 14, 2019 in the Hamilton County Reporter

After a strong finish to its 2018 season, the Noblesville boys soccer team is ready to pick up where it left off.
The Millers caught fire during the latter part of last season, at one point winning seven straight games. Noblesville then battled eventual sectional champion Hamilton Southeastern in the first round of the sectional, pushing the Royals to penalty kicks before dropping the game, and finishing the season 11-6-1. As a result, Millers coach Ken Dollaske said his team has “very high expectations” for this year.
“Our squad is very excited for the upcoming season,” said the coach.

Noblesville has nine players returning from last season, plus another one rejoining the team: Senior Harrison Christman is back after playing two years at the development academy with the Indiana Fire Junior team. Dollaske said Christman “should provide even more fire power up top.”
“We have a core group of returning players along with some fresh, young talent to fill the void left by some graduates,” said Dollaske.

The list of players to watch includes three seniors: Midfielders Gabe Imes and Jack Miller, and goalkeeper Adam Carter. Imes was an All State Honorable Mention last year and was named to the District 2 First Team. Carter made the Second Team, and Miller was a Top Team Player.
Also back are two sophomores, Palmer Ault and Spencer Holland, who were the Millers’ leading goal scorers last season. Palmer was named to the District 2 Second Team.
Noblesville opens its season Tuesday by hosting Greenfield-Central, then will play at Carmel next Thursday (Aug. 22). “Our schedule is one of the toughest in the state and we are looking forward to the challenge,” said Dollaske.

VARSITY ROSTER
Seniors: Adam Carter, Collin Cates, Harrison Christman, Marcus Crossman, Bryan Diaz, Brendon Fisher, Gabe Imes, Jack Miller.
Juniors: Drew Barnes, Sam Greenaway, Nick Johnson, Garrett Poynter, Colin Todd.
Sophomores: Palmer Ault, Cole Bramblett, Drew Cochran, Brayden Doll, Kyle Goad, Spencer Holland, Gabe Ingle, Andy Stansfield.
Freshman: Owen Mejia.

NHS Has Successful Weekend at Pre-Season Showcase

The Millers capped off a great weekend at their pre-season showcase hosted by Mt. Vernon High School with an overall program record of 7-1-1. The Millers sent 2 upperclassmen split squads, both of which left the showcase undefeated. NHS #1 went 2-0-1 with victories over Mt. Vernon and Sycamore and a thrilling draw with Greenfield Central, where the Millers scored 2 goals in the final 5 minutes to draw level at 3. NHS #2 went 3-0-0 with victories over Terre Haute North Vigo, Oldenburg Academy, and a split squad from North Central, looking dominant in all 3 games. Finally, the NHS JV team, consisting of only incoming freshmen, went 2-1-0. It should be noted that this young team was battling against other area JV programs that included sophomores, juniors and seniors. NHS JV had victories against JV programs from Mt. Vernon and Greenfield Central. The program’s lone defeat came against a strong, physical JV team from Terre Haute North Vigo, even though the NHS JV team had significantly more scoring opportunities than their opponent. Results and statistics from the showcase can be found below.

The success at this showcase has everyone involved with the program excited for the upcoming season. Tryouts are August 5th and 6th with the first matches of the season starting the week of August 19th.

NHS Boys Soccer Welcomes a New Sponsor!

Rio Grande - Fresh Mexican Grill is located at 20805 Hague Road, Noblesville, IN 46062

Rio Grande - Fresh Mexican Grill is located at 20805 Hague Road, Noblesville, IN 46062

The NHS boys soccer program is happy to announce Rio Grande - Fresh Mexican Grill as a new sponsor. The owners of Rio Grande are thrilled to enter this partnership. Their sponsorship will help fund activities for the over 100 high school athletes committed to improving their soccer skills during summer trainings.

If you and your family are looking for somewhere to eat tonight, stop by, have a great meal and say hello to owners Javier Jr. and Sr.

Several NHS Players Recognized at the May 21st School Board Meeting

On Tuesday evening, several members of the NHS boys soccer program were recognized by the Noblesville School Board for their accomplishments during the 2018 fall season.

  • ISCA Academic All-State: Brady Anderson, Ryan Cassidy, Marcus Crossman, Sam Dudgeon, Sam Johnson, Josh Lovett, Curtis Martin, and Jack Miller

  • HCC All-Conference: Palmer Ault (1st team), Gabe Imes (1st team), Josh Lovett (1st team), Adam Carter (2nd team) and Spencer Holland (2nd team).

  • ISCA District 2 All-District: Gabe Imes (1st team), Josh Lovett (1st team), Palmer Ault (2nd Team), and Adam Carter (2nd team)

  • ISCA All-State: Josh Lovett (3rd team) and Gabe Imes (Honorable Mention)

Josh Lovett with Coach Dollaske after being recognized at the May 21st school board meeting (Photo courtesy of Marnie Cooke)

Josh Lovett with Coach Dollaske after being recognized at the May 21st school board meeting (Photo courtesy of Marnie Cooke)

Gabe Imes WINS IndyStar Play of the Year 2019

On Sunday, May 6th, the people of Indiana were heard loud and clear. The IndyStar Play of the Year was put to a live text vote. Receiving roughly 90% of the vote, Gabe Imes won in a landslide for his spectacular free kick taken against Carmel back in August of 2018. Gabe was very humble and modest in accepting the award. He thanked everyone that voted for him as well as his teammates who helped him along the way.

Gabe Imes accepting the award for Play of the Year (photo taken by IndyStar)

Gabe Imes accepting the award for Play of the Year (photo taken by IndyStar)

Pictured left to right: Josh Lovett (Senior Defender), Gabe Imes (Junior Midfielder), Ken Dollaske (Varsity Head Coach)

Pictured left to right: Josh Lovett (Senior Defender), Gabe Imes (Junior Midfielder), Ken Dollaske (Varsity Head Coach)