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Patriots’ season ends with 7-0 loss

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By ZANE CLODFELTER

Sports editor

sports@spencercountyjournal.com // zclodfelter@spencercountyjournal.com

LINCOLN CITY – If playing Evansville Memorial in the Class 2A girls soccer sectional title game wasn’t enough of a challenge for Heritage Hills, battling unpredictable weather certainly did the trick as the Patriots fell 7-0 Saturday.

With the Tigers leading 2-0 10 minutes before halftime, inclement weather pushed through the area and delayed the match for close to an hour.

“We actually used it as a halftime, where we could redo our alignment and make some adjustments,” Patriots Coach Andy Fischer said. “We tried to keep the girls focused and they were - they did a fantastic job talking about the game.

“They never lost their focus. It’s a great group of girls.”

However, Memorial quickly took control once the game resumed by scoring a goal to take a 3-0 lead into halftime.

“We were going toe-to-toe with them - 2-0 is a hard lead to come back from but it’s not impossible,” Fischer said. “Three-zero is a little more challenging, especially against a really good team.

“That deflated our sails a little bit.”

From there the Tigers cruised to the school’s 18th sectional title by scoring four more goals in the second half.

“They’re a good soccer team and everybody knows that,” Fischer said. “They’re ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason.”

Fischer said the Tigers took his team out of their comfort zone and despite adjustments to counter it, Heritage Hills couldn’t find an answer.

“They have a good touch, they spread us out,” Fischer said. “We knew they were going to do that, but we tried to counter-act on them by playing up.

“They just got some lucky breaks there towards the beginning and that kind of snowballed on us just a little bit.”

Heritage Hills finished the season with a 13-5 record while Memorial improved to 15-4.

“You are never happy with getting beat, but these girls flat out did everything I asked of them,” Fischer said. “I’m very proud of them and the season that they had and they had some big wins, knocked off some top 10 teams.

“They never thought they were out of a game, and that goes to the seniors and their leadership.”

Heritage Hills advanced to the championship game after beating Bosse 9-0 in the semifinal last Thursday.

Lydia Genet scored the first of her three goals against the Bulldogs seven minutes in on an assist from Ali Wade. Three minutes later, Kerragan Mulzer scored the first of her three goals on an assist from Sam Gries.

Less than a minute later, Genet scored again to make it 3-0. Mulzer scored the next two goals before Kiersten Schuler capped the scoring in the first half with a goal to make it 6-0.

In the second half, Xiana Scott, Genet and Mulzer all scored.