The New Palestine girls soccer team won its second straight sectional title Saturday, beating Shelbyville 3-0 to win the 2A Rushville sectional.
All of the scoring came in the first half. Maddy Miller got the Dragons on the board by receiving the ball through the Shelbyville defense, then dribbling down the offensive half with a defender on her back before tucking it away to the side of the goalkeeper.
Megan Jolly made it 2-0 by following in a ball the Golden Bear goalkeeper dove to get but missed. Jolly put away the loose ball to give the Dragons an insurance goal.
Victoria Crowder gave the Dragons a three-goal edge with a header off a pop-up ball that Maddy Miller hit across the goalmouth to the back post.
While the second half was scoreless, the Dragons kept the pressure in the attacking half of the field.
“The defense played well and kept feeding the ball back up to the offense,” Dragon coach Gina Fannin said. “We got all of our healthy players in to play. It was a good day for a sectional championship.”
In addition to the goal scorers, Fannin cited the strong defensive play of Lucy Miller in helping record the clean sheet.
The victory clinched the 13th all-time sectional championship for NPHS girls soccer, including the 10th title in the last 13 years.
The Dragons improved to 14-4 on the season. They will return to their home field Oct. 13 for the regional, facing Danville at noon in the semifinal match. Cathedral will meet South Dearborn in the first semifinal at 10 a.m. The championship is set for 7 p.m.