10/11/2012 3:00:00 PM Lady Pacer soccer team sees season close in Sectional final
Members of the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity soccer team celebrate last Thursday night after earning a semifinal victory over Silver Creek in the Sectional. Freshman Jade Mullins scored with less than two minutes to play to break a 1-1 tie and give Switzerland County its second-ever victory in girls soccer sectional play. The win pushed the Lady Pacers into the Sectional Championship game on Saturday, when they fell to Providence, which is the defending State Champion. The Lady Pacers ended their outstanding season with an overall record of 12-5-1.
It was an historic season for the Switzerland County High School Lady Pacer varsity soccer team.
After an outstanding season, the Lady Pacers made history by winning two games - the first two in school history - in the IHSAA girls soccer Sectional. After earning wins over Rising Sun and Silver Creek, however, the season came to a close on Saturday with a loss to powerhouse Providence in the Sectional championship game.
In Thursday's win over Silver Creek, Switzerland County got on the board early on a goal from Emily White just 13 minutes into the game, but even though the Lady Pacers kept the offensive pressure on the Silver Creek goalie throughout the rest of the first half, the couldn't manage to score any more goals.
The Lady Dragons, on the other hand, didn't appear to pose much of an offensive threat, spending most of their time trying to stem the tide of the Switzerland County offense, but Silver Creek did manage to break through and tie the game in the first half's 27th minute after being awarded a direct kick.
The first half ended with the 1-1 tie; and with neither team being able to find the back of the goal for much of the second half, it appeared that the squads would prepare for two extra overtime sessions to try and decide the contest.
That changed in the games 79th minute, as freshman Jade Mullins got free on the right side and fired a shot with less than two minutes to go in regulation that found the range, giving Switzerland County the lead and setting off a big celebration moments later as the game came to an end.
The win propelled Switzerland County into Saturday's final, where they faced Providence High School, the defending state champion and currently ranked fourth in the state.
The game was hard fought, but Providence was just too strong, claiming a 10-0 victory and advancing to the regional, which it will host against the winner of the Forest Park Sectional this Saturday.