The Madison Southern boy’s soccer team temporarily put Senior Night on the back burner Tuesday against Southwestern.

The Warriors have started each of their last 17 matches with just 10 men on the field in honor of senior Chris Campbell.

Campbell was paralyzed in a car accident the day after Southwestern’s season opener and is still battling for life in the hospital after several surgeries.

Not only did the Eagles take donations for the family to help offset the medical bills, but the Madison Southern booster club is also making a donation. Southern sophomore Clay Wilburn gave up his starting spot so the Eagles would have just 10 men on the field as well.

“Southwestern went into all of their games playing 10 men at the beginning and I told their coach we would do the same thing in honor of that,” Southern coach Ron Horn said. “Clay Wilburn stepped up and volunteered to be the one to step out. We started all of our seniors as tradition.”

The Eagles (4-9-2) were able to hold off the Warriors and came away with a 3-2 victory, their first win in six games.

“We obviously came out and looked like we had a lot of energy to begin the game,” Horn said. “I expected, being Senior Night, that the guys would come out with a lot more intensity. I just wish we could do it on a day-to-day basis.”

The Warriors (9-8-1) jumped out to a quick lead, when Cody Inabnitt headed in a ball off a throw-in by Eric Bird.

The lead wouldn’t last long. Brandon Sipple found the back of the net off a cross from Tyler Edmister less than two minutes later.

“They’re all looking forward to getting districts under way and making a good showing at districts,” Horn said. “This is the point where they’re calling it a new season and seeing what happens.”

Ryan Christensen and David Enge both had shots on goal, but it was Wilburn who gave Southern the lead off a feed out of the midfield by Enge.

“We had David playing a sweeper position and coming out of the back more, which he does a good job at, playing those balls and getting in position to put pressure on their midfield,” Horn said.

Tyler Hellerd and Antoine Thomas had the best chances late in the first half, when they sent a flurry of successive shots at the Warrior keeper. However, all of them were blocked to preserve the 2-1 score.

Half-way through the second half, Southern got a big break with its game-winning score. A.J. Jeck sent a long ball up into the box and a Southwestern player inadvertently headed it into the net for an own goal.

The Warriors got one more goal in with 10 minutes left, but couldn’t find the back of the net again.

Southwestern’s Judah Taylor and Southern’s Adam Miller both were assessed yellow cards in the second half for unsporting behavior.

The Eagles will go on the road to face Corbin Thursday in their last game before the district tournament. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

Horn said his team is just trying to start fresh.

“They’re all looking forward to getting districts underway and making a good showing at districts,” he said. “This is the point where they’re calling it a new season and seeing what happens.”

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