Survive and advance.
That was the motto for the 10th-ranked Zionsville Lady Eagles soccer team Thursday night in the Carmel Sectional semifinal.
The Eagles did just that, topping 17th-ranked Guerin Catholic to advance to Saturday night’s sectional final against top-ranked Carmel.
“Sectionals, especially Sectional 17 with the (four ranked) teams we have in it, it is just advance and survive,” Zionsville head coach Ramon Aguillon said. “Games like this you have to play defensively and you have to have 100 percent effort and that is the girls had tonight. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but the result is what matters.”
It was the second time this season that the Eagles topped the Golden Eagles 1-0.
Aguillon said his team knew it would most likely be a low scoring game and were really focused on the defensive end.
“I think the girls knew they had to come out focused and strong defensively and we couldn’t make mistakes,” Aguillon said. “I thought we played as mistake-free as we could and we were really honed in defensively. The girls knew what they needed to do and you have to go out and try to get shutouts because when you get those the chances are you are going to win.”
Zionsville had a majority of the scoring chances throughout the game.
Still they couldn’t score until just eight minutes remained in the first half. Guerin Catholic was called for a foul in the box and Zionsville was awarded a penalty kick.
Claire Poindexter stepped up and buried the eventual game-winner.
“That was huge,” Aguillon said. “Eight minutes left in the half; it is a big momentum thing.
“Having that goal, being what 1-0 is so much different than being tied. We had some nice chances that I wish we would have put away but what matters is the win.
“Claire Poindexter stepped up, said she would take it, and put it in. She did a great job.”
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.
Survive and advance.
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