GSoc SEMI 3: #7 Cathedral ousts #5 HSE, downs Brownsburg for title
October 26, 2010Hoosier Authority
By Evan Reller
IUPUI Student Journalist
INDIANAPOLIS – National Sports Journalism Center intern Evan Reller was on hand Oct. 23 for rainy Semistate 3 girls soccer action at North Central (Indianapolis). Here’s his report on a tripleheader that saw No. 7 Indianapolis Cathedral upend No. 5 Hamilton Southeastern in the semis before taking care of Brownsburg in the finals ...
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SEMIFINAL 1: #7 Cathedral comes from behind to upset #5 Hamilton Southeastern, 2-1
The highly contested match didn’t feature a goal until the final three minutes of the first half. That’s when senior forward Rebecca Romaine scored off a Royal corner kick from junior midfielder Rachel Summay.
The Fighting Irish opened up the second half strong, scoring two goals in the first eight minutes of play.
The first came five minutes in after senior forward Sophie Spenia crossed the ball to sophomore midfielder Alyssa Bova, who rocketed the ball into the back of the net. Three minutes later, Spenia scored a solo shot of her own to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Irish.
Senior forward Lindsey Stinson nearly tied the game for the Royals (18-3-1) with four minutes remaining, but her shot just barely missed the goal and hit off the upper left 90 crossbar.
SEMIFINAL 2: Brownsburg’s late goals ice 3-0 win over South Dearborn
Brownsburg scored in the first 10 minutes of play off a shot by sophomore defender Kerry Devney that slipped past the South Dearborn (18-2-2) keeper in the upper right 90 of the goal. The rest of the first half remained quiet for both teams.
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Carter scored off a deflection in the first six minutes of play in the second half for Brownsburg. Nine minutes later, senior forward Rio James scored off an assist by senior midfielder Camille Gentile for the final tally.
CHAMPIONSHIP: #7 Cathedral defeats Brownsburg, 2-0, to advance to state finals
The Irish looked sluggish following its highly physical match against HSE earlier in the day, yet they managed to fight through and stay alive.
Senior forward Sophie Spenia scored in the first three minutes of play for the Irish (16-3-4), chipping the Brownsburg (12-10-1) keeper off a free kick to give Cathedral an early 1-0 lead.
Senior midfielder Allie Hicks added another goal with 21 minutes left to play in the second half to effectively seal the 2-0 victory.
Cathedral advances to the state finals that will be played Oct. 30 at Kuntz Field in Indianapolis. The Irish will get another chance for an upset at 10 a.m. ET against No. 4 South Bend St. Joseph's (20-1-1), with the winner to face either #12 Guerin Catholic (18-3-1) or unranked Columbus North (16-5-2) in the 6 p.m. championship.