FIRING AWAY: East Central’s Paige Wiedeman (above, 14) fires a shot at Madison goalkeeper Melody Marsh (no number) as Cub defenders Alex Fry (10), Sarah Spaulding (2) and Molly McGarry (4) and East Central’s Emily Koschmede (10) close on the play. The Trojans’ Melody Lutz (below, 5) collides with Madison’s Alex Acosta (27) and Fry with East Central’s Katherine Hester (11) nearby on a physical play during Thursday’s sectional semifinal. The Trojans out-shot Madison 25-6 to advance to Saturday’s championship game. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
FIRING AWAY: East Central’s Paige Wiedeman (above, 14) fires a shot at Madison goalkeeper Melody Marsh (no number) as Cub defenders Alex Fry (10), Sarah Spaulding (2) and Molly McGarry (4) and East Central’s Emily Koschmede (10) close on the play. The Trojans’ Melody Lutz (below, 5) collides with Madison’s Alex Acosta (27) and Fry with East Central’s Katherine Hester (11) nearby on a physical play during Thursday’s sectional semifinal. The Trojans out-shot Madison 25-6 to advance to Saturday’s championship game. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
East Central dominated the action from the opening kick to eliminate Madison from the Class 2A Girls Soccer Sectional at Madison 2-1 on Thursday.

Even though the final score was close, the action on the field was not. The Trojans limited Madison to just six shots on goal while collecting 25 of their own. Most of the game was played on the Cubs' end of the field with East Central dictating play.

"We knew East Central was good and they showed it," Madison coach Darren Harmon said. "They possessed the ball very well and you could tell it is something that they work on a great deal. It's the kind of soccer that we like to play but we just came out a little nervous and never could seem to get any kind of flow."

East Central (11-6) picked up its first goal in the 14th minute when Katherine Hester collected a corner kick while in mid-air and fired a shot that beat Cub goalie Melody Marsh high for a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans got what proved to be the winning goal five minutes into the second half when East Central's Emily Koschmede drove to the net and was met by Marsh less than five feet from the goal line. Marsh stopped the shot initially, but the ball squirted away. Koschmede recovered the ball and squeezed it past a pair of Madison defenders for a 2-0 lead.

Despite being down two goals and out-shot by nearly 20, Madison never gave up. One of the Cubs' few forays into East Central territory paid dividends when a foul was called five feet outside of the penalty box to set up a Madison direct kick with 11 minutes to play. Sophomore Delanie Jones faked the kick and senior Mandy Stoll took it, firing a laser that rocketed past Trojan goalie Madison Turner and into the net.

With new life, Madison tried desperately to tie the score but East Central's defense clamped down on the speedy Stoll and the Cubs failed to get another good look at the goal.

"These girls never gave up. One of our mottos is to play whistle to whistle and that's what they do every time," Harmon said. "They tried as hard as they could there at the end to get that goal but they just were not able to do it. I'm proud of them. They played a great game."

Marsh ended the game with 13 saves in goal.

The loss ends a season for the Cubs that saw them post a record of 10-6-1 and finish fourth in the Hoosier Hills Conference. While the season ended without a sectional title, Harmon was quick to point out that it was successful one.

"We won 10 games and I can't remember the last time Madison won that many games, we beat Floyd Central for the first time in eight years and we finished fourth in the conference," Harmon said. "We have 12 seniors and we're going to miss them. They laid a foundation for this program that we can build on. Madison girls soccer is back and it is because of them."




South Dearborn 10, Jennings Co. 0

Felicia Horn scored four goals and South Dearborn ran over Jennings County for a 10-0 win in the first semifinal on Thursday.

Horn picked up the hat trick with three goals in the first half. Her fourth goal came five minutes into the second half and opened the floodgates for the Knights who scored seven times over the final 35 minutes of the game to turn it into a rout.

Along with Horn, Morgan Mosley scored two goals and Hannah Rose, Sadie Schumann, Amber Ferguson, and Lorieanne Rinehart had one each for the Knights.

South Dearborn, now 10-4-3 on the season, advances to the championship game Saturday night. The Knights will face East Central in an all-Dearborn County affair.