The New Palestine girls soccer team rolled to the sectional championship Monday, beating Beech Grove 9-0 to clinch the title.
The victory marked the Dragons’ 12th sectional title since 2000 and the first since 2014 for the program.
The Dragons (13-2-1) advance to face Batesville at noon Saturday in the New Palestine regional. Chatard will meet Danville in the 10 a.m. semifinal, with the championship game slated for 7 p.m.
It took little time for the Dragons to get started. Grace Voelz had two goals and an assist on the night, scoring the game’s first two tallies assisted by Corrin Neese and Maddy Miller. Moriah Corey also scored twice, with a late first-half tally to put the Dragons up 6-0 at the break, and also a second-half goal.
Grace Miller, Lucy Miller and Edin Hurst all scored first-half goals. Avery Biggs and Sydney Cornwell added goals in the second half, with Haley Harrison assisting on Biggs’ tally. Biggs, Cornwell and Corey each scored their first varsity goals.
“All of the Dragons on the bench got into the game tonight again,” Dragons coach Gina Fannin said. “Three girls scored their first varsity goals and many girls played positions that they do not normally play. The Beech Grove Hornets were good sports and played hard. They never gave up, which was good to see. However, they really were no contest for the Dragons tonight. Our seniors now have claim to two sectional titles (the last was when they were freshmen) and I know the rest of the team would like to be able to say the same before they graduate. I am very proud of the girls, how well they have done this season and how they have been gracious winners throughout.”
The Dragons now look to win the first regional title in school history, and will do so on their home turf.
“We will come out ready to play and see where they day takes us,” Fannin said.