The Rose Hill Rockets had to fight through a 1-0 win over Winfield last week and it may have been the wake up call they needed.
Rose Hill brought their best game when it mattered as they beat Augusta 2-0 to win a share of the AVCTL-III/IV league title. Only McPherson, who has one loss (to Rose Hill) could split the title if Rose Hill loses to Mulvane next week.
"They were ready for tonight," Rose Hill head coach Jerry Treat said. "They knew what was on the line."
Rose Hill dominated possession and it showed as they kept peppering the goal all night long, eventually knocking home both goals in the first 40 minutes.
The Rockets move their unbeaten streak to nine and are now 10-1-1 on the season.
"It’s one thing closer to our goal," senior Caden Dinkel said. "That is to get to state."
It was really the Rocket defense that stood out in their win. They limited opportunities and helped Rose Hill create pressing counter attacks.
The Rockets scored first on a nice pass from Daylin Janzen in the 10th minute. His play through the middle to Dinkel was spot on. Then, to top off the goal, Dinkel pulled passed it by a pressing Augusta keeper and put home the open netter for the early lead.
Rose Hill capitalized off another Augusta turnover in the midfield as Dinkel found senior Tim Hoopes streaking down the right side. He pushed into the box and placed a screamer by Augusta’s Kyle Allman for the 2-0 lead in the 37th minute.
"I saw that he [Hoopes] was open and trusted him," Dinkel said.
Augusta only registered three shots but none on goal. They held less than 40 percent of possession all evening.
Rose Hill had 12 shots, with 10 of them on goal. They had five corner kicks. Augusta had only one corner kick on the night.
One of the state’s leading goal scorers, Payton Ball was held in check all night. He registered no shots and was shadowed for most of the evening.
"I don’t think we did anything different just for him," Dinkel said. "We just played our game and it worked out."
If Rose Hill does manage to shut out Mulvane next week, the Rockets will have held clean sheets for the entire season in the league, which would be a school record.
The Rockets will host Salina South on Thursday for senior night and then will round out the regular season next Tuesday at Mulvane.
"We’ll be ready to go this week," Treat said.
The Class 4A-1A playoffs begin on Monday, Oct. 26 and are based on regional assignments. Rose Hill will have to go through Independence, Mulvane and Winfield to move into quarterfinals the following week.
"Me and some of the guys have been starting as freshman," Dinkel said. "We’ve underachieved in earlier seasons but this year we’re showing what we can do."
AUGUSTA 0;0 – 0
ROSE HILL 2;0 – 2
SHOTS: Augusta – 1;2 – 3; Rose Hill 8;4 – 12. Corners: Augusta 0;1 – 1. Rose Hill 4;1 – 5. Goals (assist): Rose Hill – Dinkel (Janzen); Hoopes (Dinkel).