Lady Pacers win championship of Silver Creek Tournament

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The Switzerland County Girls varsity Soccer team won the championship of the Silver Creek Tournament that was played on Saturday at Silver Creek High School.

The first game of the tourney for the Lady Pacers was against Corydon High School; and the game was well-fought by both teams, with neither team wanting to give in to the other according to head coach Roy Leap.

“The first goal of the game was an amazing goal kick made by senior goalkeeper Maggie Armstrong,” Coach Leap said. “Maggie let a kick fly that totally caught both teams by surprise. The ball bounced a couple of times and bounced through the other teams goalkeeper and into the goal.”

That goal gave the Lady Pacers the lead they needed.

Corydon came back with a goal from a penalty shot to tie the game; but the Lady Pacers responded with their second goal of the game when freshman Emily White converted on a corner kick. Emily was able to bend the ball in the goal unassisted.

The Lady Pacers defense was able to shut out any further goals to run out the clock and win the first game by a score of 2-1.

The Lady Pacers then played Silver Creek in the championship game.

Senior Alyssa Leap scored early in the game on a cross by junior Hannah Chapman to take a quick lead. The game was another hard-fought battle, and both teams went into the half with the Lady Pacers leading 1-0.

The second half of the game was well played; and sophomore Moriah McFarland scored with 20 minutes left in the game to give Switzerland County its second goal.

“Moriah commanded the middle of the field and really stepped up her play in this game,” Coach Leap said. “She was the MVP of this game.”

The defense was able to shut down Silver Creek for the whole game to win the championship by a score of 2-0.

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The Lady Pacer soccer team played its fifth game of the season against Christian Academy of Indiana, last Thursday.

The Lady Pacers dominated the game with a strong offensive line. Freshman Emily White led off the first half with a goal in the first five minutes of play. She didn’t stop there, scoring a total of four goals in the game.

Junior Hannah Chapman scored two goals; and senior Alyssa Leap scored one goal. Overall there were 27 shots on goal.

Coach Roy Leap stated, “We are progressing nicely on our shots on goal but still need to tighten up our aim. That will come with time.”

The defense held up well, with senior Carlie Peacock leading the defense for most of the first half of the game by only giving up one goal. Junior Kim Cox led the defense in the second half by only giving up one goal.

The game ended with the Lady Pacers defeating Christian Academy by a 7-2 score.

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The Lady Pacers then took on Rising Sun for the second time this year at Rising Sun on Tuesday night.

Rising Sun played a strong offense in the first half of the game, but the Switzerland County defense was able to hold them back from scoring in the first half.

“We tried a little something different up front and weren’t having much success with scoring,” Coach Leap said. “In the second half some changes were made to correct problem areas.”

That combination worked, as senior Chelsea Lay was able to score with just 14 minutes left in the game; and Emily White added another goal with just five minutes left in play.

Rising Sun kept fighting until the end and kept pushing hard on the goal but could not score. The Switzerland County defense was able to hold Rising Sun scoreless when the final buzzer sounded.

The final score was 2-0.

This win brings the Switzerland County season record to 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.