MADISON — Vic Hutchings’ first varsity goal — in the 77th minute — lifted defending champion Silver Creek to a 1-0 win over North Harrison in the Class 2A Madison Sectional semifinals Thursday night.
The Dragons (11-6) will face Scottsburg, which defeated Corydon Central 4-0 in Thursday’s other semi, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the sectional final. Silver Creek defeated the Warriorettes 9-1 Aug. 28.
Hutchings’ goal, which came off an assist from Sydney Corbin, helped the Dragons avenge a 2-1 Sept. 18 loss to the Cougars.
“I am so proud of the way the girls played tonight,” said Silver Creek coach Patrick Anderson, whose team outshot North Harrison 7-6. “They played hard and stuck with the gameplan we came up with and we were fortunate to get one in late in the game. We really focused our attention on marking their best players while trying to keep possession much better than we did against them the first time. Hannah Dudley and Sydney Corbin did a great job of staying with their mark, which made it hard for them to get open.
“And Vic Hutchings, who was actually in as a defender marking in place of Syd, gets her first goal ever. She’s never played soccer until this year, didn’t start coming to practice until after school started and was a JV player just a few weeks ago. She’s just improved so much in such a short time, it’s unbelievable how far she’s come and how she’s been able to contribute at a varsity level. Megan Ekart played a really good game as well in goal. She made some key saves and some nice plays that she couldn’t make a few weeks ago. Overall, I’m just really happy for these girls to be able get this win and have a chance to play for another sectional title. All of the girls played so well and really gave everything to put themselves in this position again.”
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