The New Palestine girls soccer team took an early two-goal lead and never let up Wednesday in a 4-1 victory over county and HHC rival Greenfield-Central.
The victory gives the Dragons a 7-2 mark and a 3-1 mark in the conference. Maddy Miller scored twice. Olivia Lambdin and Moriah Corey also scored for the Dragons.
Lambdin gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead with a high shot from outside the box, freezing the Cougars’ goalkeeper. NP made it 2-0 when Victoria Crowder fired a shot that hit the crossbar. Miller followed the shot and buried the rebound.
After a G-C penalty kick, Corey blasted a shot from outside that slipped through the G-C goalkeeper’s hands to give NP a 3-1 edge at halftime. Miller dribbled the length of the offensive half through several defenders to score the fourth goal, slipping it past the keeper and into the net.
NP goalkeeper Haley Weinrich had 20 saves, including several important ones to keep the Dragons ahead.
“The girls came out to play tonight. They played hard and played until the end. They knew that they could not let up for one minute or Greenfield would find their way back into the game,” coach Gina Fannin said. The Dragon defense played extremely well against a fast Greenfield offense. NPHS midfielders kept things under control and everyone gave it their all. It was a good W we really needed.”
There was no JV game.
The Dragons were scheduled to play Thursday against Roncalli in a makeup game, but that had to be postponed. The next game is at 11 a.m. Saturday against Delta in a varsity only contest.