Dragon girls soccer beats MV in penalty kicks
October 11, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The New Palestine girls soccer team won a wild 5-4 game in a penalty-kick shootout against Mt. Vernon Thursday night, advancing to the championship game of the Greenfield-Central sectional.
The Dragons scored three goals in the opening half, and the Dragons overcame a four-goal performance from the Marauders' Claudia Brown to notch the victory.
Amy Hilton buried a corner kick from Danielle Matus early on, and Katie Villiger made it 2-0 by scoring on Natalie Kehrt's cross. Katie Settergren then made it 3-0 late in the first half by taking a feed from Madison Parish inside the box and blasting it into the net.
MV rallied to tie the game halfway through the second half on Brown's natural hat trick, and then took the lead. But Madison Carpenter scored a goal with 13 minutes left to send the game into OT. Kehrt started the play and crossed the ball in front of the goalkeeper, which Carpenter was able to deflect into the net.
The teams played through 14 minutes of overtime scoreless, and the Dragons outscored the Marauders 3-2 in the shootout, with the Marauders missing thrice and Dragon sophomore keeper Gabbi Pierson stopping the last PK to end the game. Parish, Villiger and Hilton scored for the Dragons in the shootout.
NP is now 8-7-2, and has an eight-game unbeaten streak going.
The Dragons advance to face host Greenfield-Central in Saturday's 7 p.m. sectional championship game. G-C beat Shelbyville 10-0 in the first semifinal. The Dragons beat G-C 1-0 in the regular seson.
"This game was a roller coaster to watch! I cannot be more proud of the way the girls played. They played hard. They played extremely well. And more importantly, they played for each other," NP coach Gina Fannin said.