News and Tribune

October 9, 2013

GIRLS’ SOCCER: Providence, Floyd Central pull away for sectional wins

Highlanders will meet in Thursday’s second semifinal

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newstribune.com

FLOYDS KNOBS — Early in the season, it was fairly clear that Floyd Central and Providence were the cream of the Floyd Central Sectional crop.

On Tuesday, both teams overcame being shut out in the first half to move on to face each other in Thursday’s semifinal. Providence got by Corydon Central 2-0 and the Highlanders exploded late for a 4-0 win over New Albany.

Floyd Central beat the two-time defending Class A semistate champion Pioneers 3-1 earlier this season.

“We expect an all-out battle as usual,” Highlanders’ coach Lewie Stevens said.

“It will be a formidable challenge,” Providence coach Dave Smith said. “There will be no surprises. It will be one of those intense, great games. If anybody has been saving their $5 to come out to one game this year, this is the one. It will be an entertaining, hard-played game. It could be the game of the year.”

Jeffersonville will face Silver Creek in Thursday’s second semifinal with the winners squaring off at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the sectional crown.



FLOYD CENTRAL 4, NEW ALBANY 0

After an even, scoreless first half, Floyd Central came out peppering New Albany goalkeeper Haley Young early in the second half.

Floyd junior Christin Miller had two early opportunities that Young denied. With 27:11 left in the contest, Miller finally got one by Young to give the 11-5-2 Highlanders the goal they were seeking.

“In the first part of the [second] half, we were continually getting shots on goal and couldn’t get one in,” Miller said. “When that shot went in, it was like it’s finally our game.”

Molly Yothers added a goal less than two minutes after Miller’s.

The Highlanders’ leading scorer on the year, Lauren Wyatt, added a third goal on a pretty pass from freshman Halee Tanner with 8:56 to play. Two minutes later, Ellie Stewart blooped a shot just over Young’s outstretched hands for a 4-0 lead.

“We’re excited to move on,” Stevens said. “That was a great second half for us.”

After being beaten 6-0 by Floyd Central less than a month ago, New Albany first-year coach Tim Quakenbush was proud of his team’s effort, particularly in the first half.

“In the first half, we felt like we played lights out,” he said. “The girls executed the game plan very well. I’m happy with the way they played.”

The defending sectional champions finished the season 8-9.

“It’s been a terrific season,” Quakenbush said. “We’re young and we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.”



PROVIDENCE 2, CORYDON CENTRAL 0

After a scoreless first 50 minutes, Sarah Posante got Providence on the board. Eight minutes later, Emma Roesner was fouled just outside of the Corydon Central box. Jordan Reger knocked the free kick in to put the game away.

“We didn’t play our A game,” Providence coach Dave Smith admitted. “Corydon was quick to the ball. We had a lot of shots, just not much scoring.”

Corydon employed a defensive game plan that worked for most of the contest.

“They packed 10 in the box and looked for a counter attack,” Smith said. “It was a smart game plan on their part.”

Providence had beaten the Panthers 9-1 in the regular season. Corydon coach Kyle Jones was proud of the way his team fought on Tuesday.

“It shows our skill has gotten a lot better this year,” Jones said. “We had a lot of seniors who worked hard. They’re smart girls who knew they had to turn things around from the first [meeting against Providence].”

The game was Providence’s first since moving up from Class A, where it played for a state championship the past two years, to 2A.

“[The Floyd Central Sectional feels] more like a regional or semistate from the past two years,” Smith said. “This is the prize we’ve been aiming for all year — to get to Saturday and win.”



FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL

QUARTERFINALS

PROVIDENCE 2, CORYDON CENTRAL 0

Providence    0 2—2

Corydon    0 0—0

SCORING SUMMARY

Second half

    P — Sarah Posante (Rachel Wells), 50th min.

    P — Jordan Reger (free kick), 58th.



FLOYD CENTRAL 4, NEW ALBANY 0

New Albany    0 0—0

Floyd Central    0 4—4

SCORING SUMMARY

Second half

    F — Christin Miller (unassisted), 54th min.

    F — Molly Yothers (unassisted), 56th.

    F — Lauren Wyatt (Halee Tanner), 73rd.

    F — Ellie Stewart (Mackenzie Fell), 75th.