Troy falls to Southern Columbia, Notre Dame loses in shoot-out
HEPBURNVILLE - Troy ran into a buzz saw in District IV, Class A girls' soccer action Tuesday.
Top seed Southern Columbia used a fast paced, possession heavy game to beat the Trojans 3-0 to advance to the final.
"We played a very good Southern Columbia team tonight," Troy coach Wayne Pratt said. "Who moved the ball, possessed ball very, very well but I couldn't be more proud of the adjustments the girls made on the field. They got a lot of shots off but all in all to keep it limited to a 3-0 ball game."
In the first half the Tigers came out strong and scored two goals early.
Aly Stavinski scored first for Southern off a Bailey Bzdak assist at the 7:42 mark. That was followed at 8:28 as Haley Levan scored off a Bzdak assist to make it 2-0.
Troy recovered defensively after that.
Southern had a two minute span where they had three corner kicks in a row but the Trojans cleared the ball each time.
It looked like Troy was going to keep it a two goal deficit at the break when with less than three minutes in the half Bzdak scored unassisted.
The Trojans rebounded in the second half, holding Southern scoreless while getting some offense of their own.
"The girls made adjustments at halftime to shut them out in the second half," Pratt remarked. "I couldn't be more proud of the team and the way they continued to battle a full 80 minutes."
They had a few runouts into Southern's box and had a corner kick but couldn't puncture the tough Southern defense.
The Tigers finished 25 shots on goal and 13 corner kicks while Troy had one shot and one corner kick.
Troy goalie Taylor Johnston had an active day with 22 saves, including a few point blank stops that could have made the loss much worse.
Troy will now face South Williamsport Thursday at 3 p.m. back at Balls Mills for third place and a state berth.
"The big thing we have, we're banged up really bad," Pratt remarked. "Injuries have hurt us all year round. Right now we've just got to bring ourselves together and play defense first and then spring those offensive runs and hopefully put a couple in the back of the net."
Section IV, Class C semifinals
Unatego 1, Notre Dame 0, shootout
The Crusaders season came to an end after a shootout loss on Tuesday.
After neither team scored in regulation or any of the overtimes, Unatego converted on four penalty kicks, with Notre Dame scoring on two.
Emma Booth and Megan Herrick scored in the shootout for Notre Dame.
Torri Halaquist, Courtney Bellis, Cassidy Newman and Maury Rammer scored for Unatego.
Sheridan Heine finished with three saves for Notre Dame and Unatego goalie Megan Faulkner had 10 saves in the game.
Notre dame had 11 shots and 19 corners and Unatego had three shots and three corner kicks.