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UC girls soccer celebrates first soccer crown

The Union County High School girls soccer team hoists the Class A Sectional 44 championship trophy high above their heads, Saturday at Knightstown High School. The Lady Patriots defeated Muncie Burris 3-0, to earn the first girls soccer championship in school history.

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KNIGHTSTOWN — For the first time in school history, the Union County soccer girls can call themselves sectional champions.

Brooklyn Wilson got the Lady Patriots off and running, slamming a penalty kick home 13 minutes into the game. That proved to be all the offense Union County would need, the defense taking care of the rest in a 3-0 victory over Muncie Burris in the Class A Sectional 44 title contest, Saturday at Knightstown High School.

While Wilson’s early marker was more than enough, UC wasn’t finished. Wilson would add another goal, this one coming in the second half on an assist from Katie Lawson. The Patriot junior nearly scored twice more on breakaway shots, but was denied.

Forward Kendall Jones would strike for the final score in the game, the Union County junior depositing an assist from Abigail Fields into the Lady Owl net.

Defense has been Union County’s calling card in the playoffs, as the Patriots followed a 4-0 victory over Wapahani in the semifinals, with the shutout on Saturday.

What the Union County defense was unable to handle on Saturday, goalie Sophia Knock proved more than capable of turning away. The UC freshman keeper finished the game with 13 saves.

Offensively for the game, the Patriots wound up with a dozen shots on goal, led by Wilson’s five. Fields added three and Zora Allstatter checked in with two. Lawson and Jones chipped in one shot apiece.

Starters for Union County in the game were Sara Daggy, Abby Fields, Emily Haarmeyer, Shirley Hill, Taylor Sibert, Aubrey Volz, Allstatter, Jones, Knock, Lawson and Wilson.

The Patriots (8-6-1) will travel to Heritage Christian High School on Saturday for a regional semifinal match-up against Park Tudor (12-2-3). Opening kick is set for 10 a.m.

The Lady Panthers advanced to the regional with a penalty-kick victory over Heritage Christian.