MADISON — At this time in 2014, Silver Creek had never won a sectional game.
As of Saturday, the Dragons have won three sectional championships in four years. Creek knocked off Scottsburg 2-0 to capture the 2018 Class 2A Madison Sectional title and advance to next Saturday’s Jasper Regional.
“For these seniors,” Silver Creek coach Patrick Anderson said as he got choked up, “to win three sectionals in four years is amazing. This senior class has been great. They’ve given everything.”
The Dragons (12-6) will face top-ranked Evansville Memorial (16-3) at noon on Saturday, which outscored its sectional opponents 27-0, including a 11-0 shutout of Mt. Vernon in Saturday’s sectional championship game. The Tigers eliminated Silver Creek with an 8-0 victory in last year’s regional championship on their way to their fourth state title.
The Dragons should get a boost from the return of Alyssa Wright, who sat out Saturday’s championship with a concussion. Freshman Sarah Elder also missed Saturday’s game due to being out of town for a wedding.
“We think we’ll have our full team Saturday,” Anderson said. “[Memorial] just reloads every year. They were really good last year and they’re really good this year.”
Alyssa Wright’s sister, Anna, scored just over 10 minutes into Saturday’s contest to put the Dragons up 1-0. If Creek thought it was going to be as easy as its 9-1 win over Scottsburg in the regular season, it was mistaken.
The Dragons went another 67 minutes before Vic Hutchings’ goal with 2:09 left ended the Warriorettes’ upset bid. Hutchings’ goal came after Scottsburg keeper Heaven Beswick deflected Sydney Corbin’s shot from the right side.
“We fought hard for the first 30 minutes or so [of the second half],” Corbin said. “Scottsburg put up a really good fight and that goal meant a lot because it [clinched the win].”
The game was a lot closer than expected and it was something Anderson feared. However, the Dragons did out-shoot the Warriorettes 15-1 and controlled possession nearly the entire contest.
“We were pretty focused, I felt like, for Madison and we were really focused for North Harrison,” Anderson said. “I was really afraid of a letdown. Not that we had a letdown. We just weren’t patient when we needed to be. I told the girls from midfield to the defense and all the way up front, we moved the ball well. We just weren’t being patient with our shots.”
Beswick had 13 saves, including a couple of stops that kept her team in the contest, for Scottsburg.
“I don’t remember her moving that well when we played them the first time,” Anderson said. “She made it hard on us and so did their defense.”
CLASS 2A MADISON SECTIONAL
Silver Creek 1 1—2
Scottsburg 0 0—0
SC — Anna Wright (Lill Clarke assist), 29:37.
SC — Vic Hutchings (Sydney Corbin), 2:09.
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