ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – After 25 years as the girls soccer coach at Carmel (Ind.), Frank Dixon has pretty much seen it all. However, Friday’s first-round play at the Lady Eagle Invitational left the dean of local coaches shaking his head.
Every outcome in the five varsity contests was a surprise, starting with SIMA FAB 50 No. 19 Carmel’s 4-0 dismantling of two-time defending state champion and No. 16-ranked Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.) in a battle of undefeated teams.
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And, Notre Dame Academy (Ohio) capped the night with a second-half goal to stun host and SIMA FAB 50 No. 17 Zionsville (Ind.) 1-0, ending Zionsville’s undefeated season.
“Remember when Strongsville (Ohio) came here and gave up four goals a few years ago, and Fishers (Ind.) got beat bad last year?” Dixon asked, referencing past Lady Eagle Invitational surprises. “Every year I come here and hope that doesn’t happen to us. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Katherine Soderstrom removed the drama from the Carmel-Brebeuf match less than a minute into the contest.
“We wanted to start with high pressure and catch them off guard,” the junior Butler commit said. “We won the ball on the counter, and I had the ball at my feet and I thought, ‘Hey, I can go to goal.’”
And with that, only 45 seconds into the match, Soderstrom gave Carmel a 1-0 lead.
“Scoring early really set the tempo,” Soderstrom added. “It picked up our intensity and I think it deflated them.”
Soderstrom added a second goal in the second half, Emily Roberts had a goal and two assists and Ali James had three assists as Carmel, using its raw speed and well-organized attack, improved to 6-0-1.
MF Cassie Amshoff, Sacred Heart Academy, Jr. – MVP of the day, scoring four goals in Sacred Heart’s victory. Amshoff’s first goal was a shot from distance while playing in the midfield. She spent the match effectively moving back and forth between forward and midfield and always staying dangerous.
F Jessi Cowen, Carmel (Ind.), Sr. – Although she was not a direct factor in Carmel’s goals and assists, Cowen’s pressure on Brebeuf’s defenders led to a number of turnovers that Cowen’s teammates were able to cash in for goals.
D Mariah Kimble, Brunswick, So. – Kimble drew the assignment of man-marking Florida State-bound Kristina Lynch and did a credible job slowing down one of the most dangerous attacking players in the the Midwest.
MF Kristina Lynch, Penn (Ind.), Sr. – Lynch scored the first goal of the match, then served up a long-ball assist to help Penn rally for a draw with Brunswick. In between, she provided several other highlights, showing why Florida State was an early suitor.
All 19 varsity teams at the Lady Eagle Inviational will be in action Saturday, highlighted by the following contests: