Lady Arrows fall in soccer sectional title game
Washington won its first sectional since 2010 and 12th overall as the visiting Lady Hatchets defeated host Sullivan 3-1 in the championship match at the Class A Sullivan Sectional 47 at Sullivan Elementary School Saturday night.
The Lady Hatchets won for the 14th time in 20 matches. Sullivan, who was denied its fourth sectional championship, finished 13-4-1.
“I thought we played really well,” said Sullivan coach Kurt Hauger. “I could not have been more proud of the way the girls competed tonight.
“But Washington is a very good team. They were able to control the ball and put a lot of pressure on us, which we knew they would.”
Forward Kaitlyn Davis put a shot by Sullivan keeper Ashton South, as Washington went ahead 1-0 with 19 minutes and 43 seconds to play in the opening half.
“They have some players that are very quick,” said Hauger. “We were still right in the game down 0-1 at the half.”
Sullivan had a few more opportunities on offense in the second half, as Emily Greggs missed back-to-back penalty kicks within a two- minute span.
Eight minutes later with 16:48 to play, she misfired on another free kick.
Washington senior McKenzie Norton cashed in on a free kick, putting the Lady Hatchets ahead 2-0 with 10 1/2 minutes to play.
Some 73 seconds later, Greggs put a penalty kick by Washington goalkeeper Lily Durnil, cutting the lead in half.
“We were aggressive and tried to make things happen in the second half,” said Hauger. “Emily came up with a big PK for us with a lot of pressure on her.”
Washington’s Jenna Johnson scored an insurance goal with 3:27 left, ending the scoring and essentially ending the Lady Arrows’ season.
“We had a great season,” said Hauger. “It was much better than last year.
“But, ultimately, you are playing for the hardware and we did not get any this year.”
South, Cora Montgomery, Taylor Hester, Melinda Boone, Betsy Hannon, Kaitlyn Booker and Bailey Thomas are seniors who concluded their soccer careers at SHS.
“The seniors are going to be missed,” said Hauger. “For the girls returning, we have a lot of work to do.”