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Sullivan girls soccer loses to Northview, 1-0

By B.J. Hargis
Photos by B.J. HARGIS: Senior goalie Jillian Beem's emotions tell the tale for the Sullivan girls soccer team, who lost a 1-0 decision to Northview in the sectional semifinals at Edgewood on Thursday night.

ELLETTSVILLE — In a battle of the two best girls soccer teams in the Western Indiana Conference, Northview avenged a 4-3 loss to the two-time WIC champs Sullivan, defeating the Lady Arrows 1-0 in the semifinals of the Class 2A West Vigo Sectional on Thursday night.
“The girls played their guts out. They did their best,” said Sullivan coach Kurt Hauger. “It was just not our night.”
The Lady Arrows finished 15-3.
“This is one of the greatest teams in Sullivan history,” said Hauger, who has coached all 17 girls soccer teams at SHS.
Northview scored in the 22nd minute when Maggie Lackey found an open lane and got the ball past Sullivan goalie Jillian Beem for the only goal.
“We just came up a little too far on defense and got out of position,” said Hauger. “The Northview girl dribbled past us and put the ball in the back of the net.
“I thought our defense was great again. We just had that one breakdown. Jillian had 13 saves and played great. It was not her fault.”
Hauger said that Northview controlled one section of the field, which determined the outcome.
“Midfield was the difference in the game,” said Hauger. “They controlled midfield and we didn’t.
“We did a good job on No. 17 (Kassidy Kellett), keeping her scoreless as well as 34 (Sarah Bryan).
Sullivan had seven opportunities on goal, six shots, in a span of 6 1/2 minutes midway in the second half. Two of them were stopped by Northview goalie Sydney Brock, a sophomore.
“We put pressure on her, but she made some nice saves, too,” said Hauger.
Morgan Clouse had a shot from straight in front of the goal but hit the crossbar in the 77th minute.
Sydney Akers and Kathleen Ming each had a shot in the next 90 seconds, but came up empty.
Ming went without a goal after scoring a single-season record 47 this season, including two in a 5-0 win over Owen Valley in the semifinals on Tuesday.
“I hate it for our seniors,” Hauger said of Akers, Landrey James, Beem and Raven Thomlinson. “They had great careers.
“Since coming here from Terre Haute South, Jillian had two great years in goal. You hate to see a season like this come to an end. But when the girls play as hard as they can and give you everything they’ve got, you can live with the results.”
The sectional was moved to Edgewood High School because of a soaked field at West Vigo.

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