MADISON — In a way, it only seemed like a fitting way for Silver Creek to score its second-ever sectional championship title.
Senior Maggie Day, who earlier this season eclipsed the school record for career goals scored and entered Saturday’s final against North Harrison just two goals shy of 100 for her playing career, provided the offense for Creek in a 1-0 over North Harrison in the Class 2A Sectional championship.
The Dragons advance to play in Saturday’s Jasper Regional. Creek (16-1-2) will play in the second regional semifinal on Saturday against Northview (16-3).
Facing an opponent with specific designs on shutting down the prolific Dragon goal scorer, Day made due on her best scoring opportunity, booting a penalty kick past Cougar goalkeeper Madison Oppel with 16:27 remaining in the first half — the lone goal in what proved to be a physical bruising back and forth affair.
“North Harrison has played us extremely tough over the past couple of years and we knew they’d come here tonight with designs on limiting Maggie’s opportunities for offense,” Dragon coach Patrick Anderson said. “They definitely made it tough to get scoring opportunities. We just we able to take advantage of one of the few that we were presented.”
With the score 0-0 over the first 20 minutes and a defender seemingly stapled to Day from the onset Anderson pulled Day to the sidelines to collect her thoughts after a frustrating few minutes.
“When she was out, we just talked about how we knew their gameplan was going to be all about limiting her and she couldn’t let it frustrate her,” Anderson said. “We put her back out there and almost immediately she capitalized.”
Day got behind the North Harrison defense before being tripped up in the penalty box to set up the penalty kick.
“Early on, I did let their defense get to me,” Day said. “Thankfully, when I came back I got a pretty good opportunity and we were able to convert it.”
The Dragons had a second goal six minutes later wiped off the board on an offsides call but the Dragon defenders, along with senior goal keeper Kylee Sumner, turned away every Cougar scoring threat.
“It’s just been such a great season and this is the perfect way to celebrate it,” Day said. “I love this team and love my teammates and none of this — the championship, the goals I’ve scored — happens without them. This is everything we’ve wanted out of the season but now we’ve got more work to do.”
Labeled a presumptive sectional favorite before the season, Anderson says his squad is still eying bigger prizes.
“Most people thought, probably, we were the team to beat here at sectional,” Anderson said. “Obviously getting the win is huge for our girls and our school, but we have said all season we want to be a team that plays for a regional championship so there’s work to do.”
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