The 11th-ranked New Palestine girls soccer team posted a key Hoosier Heritage Conference victory Wednesday, beating Pendleton Heights 2-1.
The Arabians entered the game co-leaders in the conference, and suffered their first HHC loss.
PH took an early lead off a corner kick and held it until halftime, but the Dragons rallied in the second half.
Maddy Miller tied the game by scoring off Hannah Taggart’s free kick. The second goal came with 11 minutes left off a corner kick. Miller ran it down on the far side, beat one defender and crossed it to Megan Jolly, who headed the ball into the net.
In the closing minutes, goalkeeper Riley Moss and the Dragon defense held the fort.
“Riley had a great night in goal, coming up with some big saves to ensure a Dragon victory,” coach Gina Fannin said. “The defense played well tonight. Many girls played a midfield role at one point or another to help control the game. The forwards up top found ways to put back pressure on the Arabian midfielders and find a way into Pendleton territory. Everyone played hard and played well.”
The Dragons had a number of players limited or out due to injuries, but came out on top.
“Everyone played tonight, and no matter who we put in, the girls found a way to battle for each other on the field, and that’s what it takes to win,” Fannin said.
The Dragons are now 10-2-1 and 4-2 in HHC play with one conference game remaining Monday at home against Shelbyville. The Dragons’ next game is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lawrence Central.
The Dragon JV also won 5-0, with Moriah Corey tallying two goals and an assist. Emmy Giddens and Addie Halter each had a goal and an an assist. Olivia Murphy also scored, while Niki Franklin and Sydney Cornwell each had assists, as the team improved to 10-0-1.