OPENER: Shawe’s Jack Heitz (above, 23) and Jennings County’s Steven Herr (15) battle for a ball during the soccer season opener Tuesday at Shawe. Heitz scored the Hilltoppers’ lone goal in the 6-1 loss. Jennings County’s Adrian Miller (below, 11) congratulates teammate Adam Green (27) after Green’s third goal that completed his hat trick. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
OPENER: Shawe’s Jack Heitz (above, 23) and Jennings County’s Steven Herr (15) battle for a ball during the soccer season opener Tuesday at Shawe. Heitz scored the Hilltoppers’ lone goal in the 6-1 loss. Jennings County’s Adrian Miller (below, 11) congratulates teammate Adam Green (27) after Green’s third goal that completed his hat trick. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Shawe Memorial's soccer season opener went downhill fast as the Hilltoppers went from leading to getting blown out over a span of 10 minutes in a 6-1 loss to Jennings County Tuesday at home.

Jack Heitz staked Shawe to a 1-0 lead with a penalty kick less than six minutes into the game. Adam Green answered eight minutes later for Jennings County by bending a direct kick around a Hilltopper wall and into the net from 20 yards out.

Green added goals in the 20th minute and 22nd minute to complete the hat trick and Shawe never recovered.

"(Jennings) is a good team. They're quick and they possess well. That's something that we strive to do and will strive to do," Shawe coach Jason Pattison said. "They shot lights-out. That was one of the better teams I've seen in a long time. Them and Seymour are probably the best teams on our schedule."

It was a very physical game early with one Jennings County player taken to the hospital with a possible broken collarbone and numerous fouls on both sides. It was a foul that set up what proved to be Shawe's only goal on the night when Heitz was taken down in the box. He easily converted the corner kick for a 1-0 lead.

Jennings went on the attack after that and used a foul to set up its first goal. Green left-footed his direct kick around the Shawe wall and keeper Jesse Fitton was unable to range to his right quickly enough to deflect the shot.

Green, a senior captain, continued his onslaught. His second goal came after he borke into the open just 10 feet from the net and fired a well-placed shot past Fitton. His third goal was a pin-point strike from 18 yards out to the left side of the goal.

Joey Pappenheim closed out the first half with a goal when he broke through the Shawe defense on the left side of the field and nailed a cross shot into the upper part of the net for a 4-1 lead.

Shawe, which was outshot 21-12 in the game including 11-6 on goal, had only a few other good attempts at scoring. Jennings, meanwhile, tacked on two more goals in the second half with Nick Amrhein converting a cross from Kyle Lewis in the 56th minute and Adrian Miller scoring after he faked out the Shawe defense in the 62nd minute.

"I'm not sure I like the placement of the game on the schedule because I don't like what it does to the confidence of my team coming out," Pattison said. "But it's a team we have to see. We keep pushing to get away from the home and away schedule in the ORVC so we can see more teams of that category so we can build on it and get better too."

Fitton finished the game with five saves while counterpart Jackson Shepherd of Jennings County also had five. Jennings was whistled nine times to Shawe's five and had six corner kicks to the Hilltoppers' two.

Despite the lopsided loss, Pattison found some positives to take away in the season opener.

"We had much better patience on defense and I thought they were much more organized than last year," said Pattison, who is beginning his second year at the helm. "We are much more organized on offense as well, we just didn't show it as well against a very fast team."

Shawe has nearly a week off before hosting South Dearborn on Monday.

Lady Rebels drop opener 7-2 to Charlestown

Southwestern's girls soccer team opened the 2014 season with a 7-2 loss at Charlestown on Tuesday.

Kayla Adkins scored both of the Rebels' goals, one off a pass from Taylor Cole and the other after a pass from Emma Foley.

"It was our first time experiencing even close to a field of 11 players each," Southwestern coach Nancy Totten said. "Despite the heat and humidity and only 13 eligible players, the girls played with heart the entire game."

Southwestern, now 0-1, hosts Providence's junior varsity on Monday.