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Sullivan girls win WIC soccer championship

By B.J. Hargis
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Sullivan captains, from left, Jillian Beem, Sydney Akers, Raven Thomlinson and Landrey James celebrate after winning the Western Indiana Conference girls soccer championship.

Sullivan scored five unanswered goals to cap off a second consecutive Western Indiana Conference girls soccer championship at home on Saturday.
On a day eerily similar to one year earlier at Brown County with temperatures in the 90s, Sullivan pulled away for a 5-1 victory over the Lady Eagles.
“I am so happy for the girls,” said Sullivan coach Kurt Hauger. “They have worked so hard and really deserve this.
“I love to watch the girls celebrate. It is great to see the seniors win a second straight WIC and the 10th in the history of the program.”
Brown County’s only goal came on a penalty kick in the seventh minute after a foul was called on the Lady Arrows. After that, the Lady Eagles rarely put any pressure on the Sullivan defense and goalie Jillian Beem.
“As has been the case all season, our defense has been outstanding,” said Hauger. “They weren’t scored on during play today.
“Abbey Wardell, Raven Thomlinson, Haley Hagy and Maclynne Steele have been great. Raven has done a great job filling in for the injured Kelsie Keppen. Abbey Wardell has been a monster all season and was again today.”
Hauger said things changed on offense when he moved Morgan Clouse.
“We started Morgan in the back, but everything was different when we moved her to the middle,” said Hauger. “That just opened things up.”
Zoe Smith made a nifty pass to set up Sullivan’s first goal. Kathleen Ming scored the first of four, giving her 42 this season, to tie things in the 21st minute.
“What a beautiful pass Zoe made,” said Hauger. “That really seemed to give us a big lift early, when we needed it.”
Ming got behind the Brown County defense on the dribble and scored, putting the Lady Arrows ahead 2-1 at the half.
Ming scored two more goals in the second half, sandwiched around a deep shot from Clouse.
“Morgan has done that at least twice this year,” said Hauger. “What a great shot on goal. She just rammed it in there.”
The Lady Arrows (13-1) will conclude the regular season with matches today at 5 p.m. at home against Vincennes Rivet and then at 5 p.m. Thursday at Terre Haute South.
“Rivet and South will be good challenges as we get ready for the sectional,” said Hauger.

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