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Lady Patriots win sectional

By Vivian Risch, Sports Editor

School history was made on the soccer field at Knightstown High School last weekend.

The 2018 Union County Lady Patriots defeated Muncie Burris, 3-0, on Saturday to win the school’s first IHSAA Soccer Sectional title.

“It was a good game,” UC coach Brad Abbott said. “The girls wanted this.”

The Lady Patriots let nothing stand in their way including the loss of the sound system as the game was about to get underway. The national anthem was not played and players were not introduced. The scoreboard and clock were operational, so the officials signaled the start of the game.

The sound system came to life prior to Brooklyn Wilson scoring the only goal in the first half.

Defense was the name of the game in the second half until the Lady Pats scored twice in the final five minutes.

“It would have been nice if they had scored those two a little earlier in the game,” Abbott said.

With defenders all around, Wilson attacked from the left side. Traveling through heavy traffic, the ball appeared to float into the net for the score. Filled with relief, Wilson broke away from the crowd and fell to her knees.

“I was just so happy,” she said. “I really wanted that goal.”

Wilson’s happiness spread throughout the team who went about their business. One minute later, Kendall Jones added another goal for extra measure. The Union County Lady Patriots won the sectional championship game, 3-0, and a trip to the IHSAA Girls Soccer Regional at Heritage Christian.

“We played well,” Abbott said. “Now we get back to work for next weekend.

The Regional at Heritage Christian is Saturday, Oct. 13. Union County and Park Tudor play at 10 a.m. Southmont and Covenent Christian play at 12 noon. The championship game will be played at 7 p.m.

Admission is $7 a session or $10 for both sessions.