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Girls soccer advances to sectional final

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Hannah Taggart scored two goals in the Dragons' sectional semifinal victory.

The New Palestine girls soccer team used a big start Saturday to beat Connersville 6-0 in the Class 2A Shelbyville sectional semifinal match.

The Dragons will move to Monday evening’s championship game at Shelbyville, where they will face Beech Grove at 7 p.m.

It was the Dragons’ first game in 12 days, and a successful one, as they improved to 12-2-1 on the season.

“That in combination with a pouring rain start could have been a scary combination,” coach Gina Fannin said. “However, everyone of the Dragons that stepped onto the pitch tonight played their part and the team earned a well awaited and well deserved victory.

The Dragons got started quickly when Maddy Miller scored off a perfect feed by Megan Jolly. The play started as Lucy Miller sprinted up the left side and fed Jolly at the near post. Jolly drew the keeper out to cut down the shot angle, and then slid the ball across to Maddy Miller for the tap-in.

Freshmen Lucy Miller, Emmy Giddens and Addie Halter scored to put the Dragons up 4-0, as each dribbled past the last defender and scored.

Senior Hannah Taggart scored twice in the second half, scoring off a corner kick assisted by Olivia Lambdin. Later, Halter drew a penalty kick, which Taggart buried for the final goal.

Taggart was also critical in the midfield and defensive play that shut out Connersville.

“The midfield and then defense kept our keeper’s touches to a minimum,” Fannin said. “Connersville was not an offensive threat. All of the players on the bench were able to get into the game, and each one played well.”

The Dragons will be seeking their 12th sectional title in school history and first since 2014 Monday night.

Hannah Taggart scored two goals in the Dragons' sectional semifinal victory.

Hannah Taggart scored two goals in the Dragons’ sectional semifinal victory.

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