Updated 1 year ago
The Tates Creek High School girls' soccer team will play for a state championship Saturday.
The second ranked Commodores used a tried and true formula to beat No. 13 Bowling Green 5-1 in a semifinal match Wednesday night. The Tates Creek defense shut the Purples down, while the offense pressed the attack.
That stingy Tates Creek D limited the Purples to just five shots - only two of those on net. But it took a while for the Creek offense to really get cranked up.
Destine Graves got her head on a Mazie Fry shot late in the first half to put the Commodores up 1-0. But Bowling Green answered, getting the equalizer less that four minutes later, and the teams went into the locker room deadlocked 1-1.
Tates Creek solved the Bowling Green defense early in the second and rocked the Purples with four second half goals.That Bowling Green D had not allowed an opponent to score since Sept. 22, and gave up just eight goals all season.
Ashley Whaley headed in a corner kick to ignite the offensive explosion. Less than three minutes later, Elaine Simpson drove in a rebound off a shot by Mallory Eubanks to put the Commodores up 3-1. Shelby Williams put in a rebound off her own shot to extend the lead midway through the half, and Graves rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the night late in the game.
Creek finished with 20 shots, 10 on goal.
The victory sets up a championship match between the top two teams in the state.
No. 1 Notre Dame (25-2-1) got past No. 10 Elizabethtown 1-0. Mandy Arnzen scored on a header with less than four minutes to play in regulation to lift the Pandas.
Notre Dame has not lost to an in-state school this season. The Pandas two losses came against Zionsville, Ind. and St. Ursula, Ohio. The only other blemish on their record, a scoreless tie with No. 5 St. Henry back on Sept. 8. Since then, the Pandas have won 17 straight, outscoring opponents 48-5.
The championship match will play out Saturday at Dunbar High School in Lexington. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.
All photos courtesy of Dudley Gravitt