Lady Pacer soccer season closes with Regional loss to Providence
A record-setting season for the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity soccer team came to a bittersweet end last Thursday, October 13th, with a loss to #3-ranked Providence High School in the semifinal round of the Regional.
The Lady Pacers fell 2-0 in a defensive battle to suffer their first loss of the entire season.
Providence scored its first goal with 24:43 left in the first half, and then added a goal at the final horn to make the final count 2-0.
Providence then advanced to the Regional final at Forest Park High School on Saturday, October 15th, where the Lady Pioneers lost to Evansville Mater Dei by a score of 4-1.
Evansville Mater Dei — ranked #2 in the state in Class 1A — now moves on to the Semistate, where they will play State Class 1A #1-ranked Park Tutor in the Evansville North Semistate this Saturday, October 22nd at 6 p.m.
Park Tudor advanced out of the Knightstown Regional with a 6-0 win over Covenant Christian. In the Regional semifinal, Park Tudor defeated Muncie Burris by a 5-0. The Muncie Burris team includes Hailey Sainz, a Switzerland County native who is attending the Indiana Academy of Arts and Science on the campus of Ball State University.
The Regional loss closes a historic season for Coach Courtney Dayadaharum’s Lady Pacers, who finish with a record of 16-1-2.
The team scored 95 goals on the year while giving up just 6.
Switzerland County finishes seventh in the state in Class 1A; and ends being ranked #69 in Indiana regardless of school size.
Individually, Halle Archer wraps her junior season ranked #10 in Class 1A in points scored with 74. She had 29 goals (two points each) and 16 assists (one point each). In terms of returning players (current juniors) for the 22-23 season, Archer ranks fourth overall; while for players finishing their freshman season this year and will be sophomores next season, Lady Pacer Emma Parsons ranks third with 41 points (18 goals and five assists).
With the loss of just one senior — Dakota Richards — the pieces will remain in place for another outstanding season coming next fall for the Lady Pacers.