Western’s girls soccer team broke open what was a 1-0 game at intermission with three second-half goals to defeat Mississinewa 4-1 in Thursday’s Class 2A Kokomo Sectional semifinal round.
“I think we played a little safe in the first half,” Western coach Nicole Jackson said. “We weren’t quite as quick as we needed to be, but we were able to maintain possession and passed the ball and communicated well. Our goal keeper [Cybil Johnson] had some awesome saves for us.”
Johnson finished with 10 saves.
Sarah Connolly put Western on the board in the first half on an assist from Abby Webster. Connolly then assisted Jenna Seaman’s goal to start the second-half scoring. Courtney Pitzer added an unassisted goal to put the Panthers up 3-0 before Mississinewa scored with under nine minutes to play. Bre Buckalew added an insurance goal for Western on an assist from Webster with three minutes to play.
Western (9-5) will face Marion (14-2-1) in Saturday’s 7 p.m. sectional final. The Giants defeated Logansport 4-0 in the other semifinal match.
The Panthers are looking for their second sectional crown, and first since 1996.
“We just need to focus on defense and having good first touches,” Jackson said. “We’re ready for Saturday.”
NW 1, Delphi 0
Kennedy Priday scored on an assist from Brandi Harmon 15 minutes into the contest, and Northwestern’s defense helped limit the Oracles to two shots on goal in a victory in the semifinal round of the Class A West Lafayette Sectional.
Chloe Redman had a pair of saves for the Purple Tigers (9-7).
“Having the bye and setting us up for this game was good, but I was glad to get a game under our belts because we haven’t competed at a high level in recent weeks,” Northwestern coach Samantha Elkins said. “We were looking forward to playing a team that does things well and I was glad to see the girls step up their game very well. Our defense was solid. We didn’t leave many holes.”