10/4/2012 3:00:00 PM Lady Pacers pick up first-ever girls Sectional soccer win, take on Silver Creek tonight
In the driving rain of Tuesday night, the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity soccer team earned the first-ever Sectional win in school history; and the Lady Pacers are looking to make even more history tonight (Thursday) as they advance to the semifinal round of Sectional play.
On Tuesday night, Switzerland County defeated conference rival Rising Sun by a score of 2-1, as Bre Ricketts and Emily White each provided the goals while the Lady Pacer defense held strong throughout a back-and-forth contest.
Head Coach Roy Leap said that his squad got on the board first, as Bre Ricketts scored approximately 11 minutes into the contest. Rising Sun then countered to tie the game at the 25-minute mark; but Emily White's goal right before the half pushed Switzerland County to a 2-1 halftime lead.
The entire second half was a defensive struggle for both teams, with neither allowing another goal, and at the final horn, Switzerland County advanced by the 2-1 score.
"We were able to hold them in the second half," Coach Leap said. "With about 18 minutes left we went into a defensive style of play. We shifted one of our front line players back to a midfield position to hold that area, and our strong defense brought home the win."
Coach Leap said that Eve Galbreath had an outstanding night in goal; and pointed to the defense and the midfield players as a big key to the win, in spite of the rain that fell throughout the game - at times very heavy.
"It was a pretty wet game," the coach laughed. "But our team played so hard in spite of that. I was very proud of them."
The coach also had kind words for the Lady Shiners.
"We played them twice in the regular season and even thought we won both games, they were very close and tough contests," Coach Leap said. "Our girls knew what they had in front of them in playing Rising Sun. They are a very good team. Rising Sun has always been a tough opponent for us. We knew we had our work cut out for us, and everyone responded. We worked as a team and everyone moved the ball well. It worked out for us and I'm very proud of all of them."
Monday's win pushed the Switzerland County season record to 11-4-1 on the year, one of the most successful seasons in girls soccer history here at Switzerland County High School.
The win moves the Lady Pacers into the semifinal round of the Sectional - which is being played here on the Switzerland County field. They will take on Silver Creek in tonight's (Thursday's) first game beginning at 5 p.m.
The game will be a rematch for both teams, as Switzerland County defeated Silver Creek during the season by a 1-0 score; but Coach Leap said that it was a very close game throughout, and he's confident that his squad will continue to work hard.
Coach Leap said that Silver Creek drew the bye in the Sectional, so tonight's game will be its first of tournament play. He said that he thinks it's an advance for the Lady Pacers to have already played a tournament game, getting rid of the 'jitters' that come at this time of the year.
In tonight's (Thursday's) second game, which will begin at approximately 7 p.m., will pit the winners of the two games from Tuesday night (played after deadline, so no scores are available).
Charlestown played Christian Academy in the first game on Tuesday, while the second game featured Southwestern and Providence. The Providence squad defeated Switzerland County in the first round of Sectional play last year, then went on to claim the State Championship.
The winners of tonight's two games will then play for the Sectional Championship this Saturday afternoon, October 6th, at the Switzerland County field. The title tilt will have a 1 p.m. start time.
To help build momentum, the Lady Pacer coach said that his squad can use as much enthusiasm and excitement that a big crowd of fans can provide, and encourages everyone in the community to come out tonight and cheer on Switzerland County in the semifinal game with Silver Creek. Tickets are available at the gate for both single sessions and for the entire tournament.
"We're just playing the games one at a time," Coach Leap said. "We will focus on tonight's game and then think about Saturday. We're building up steam in our Sectional and could sure use a big crowd here at home to help cheer us on."