Lady Dragons top Hebron 4-0 for girls championship
ARGOS — Holding onto a tenuous 1-0 lead at halftime, the Argos girls soccer team stayed calm and stuck to the plan.
The Lady Dragons used a dominant possession game to net three more goals in the second half, and the home team rolled to a 4-0 championship victory over Hebron at the Class A Argos Girls Soccer Sectional Saturday at Eugene Snyder Field.
The ISCA No. 14 Lady Dragons advance to the two-team Argos Regional to host No. 20 Hanover Central Saturday at 7 p.m.
“At halftime we only had one goal, they were a little shook,” said Argos Head Girls Soccer Coach Jon Alcorn. “They got themselves together; they said ‘We’re alright. We’ve been playing well together all year, and we’re going to keep it going.’ This is a nice group of kids and when you coach girls, the chemistry of how they get along is huge, and I feel for other coaches who it’s not going that way for because I’ve had that in my time. This group is just great, and I’m just proud of them to death.”
Junior striker Jami Patterson broke a 0-0 stalemate on a Stefany Parrish assist in the 30th minute to give the Dragons their slight halftime advantage, then scored again early in the second half on a Kayla Prochno assist in the 42nd minute to give her team some breathing room with her fifth goal at the three-game tourney. Samantha Hopkins broke away for Argos’ third goal of the night in the 48th minute, and Keri Bair put the game out of reach with a long snipe in the 74th minute.
That scoring versatility has been a hallmark of the Dragons this season.
“That’s been our thing for quite awhile now, having three different girls score,” said Alcorn. “We had three different girls score last game, five different girls score the game before. Spreading it out, it’s hard to mark us up.”
Another trademark of the team in the last few weeks has been its possession game, which the Dragons rode to a 15-4 shots on goal advantage against Hebron. With star midfielders Carly McCay and Stefany Parrish alternately sitting out stretches of the season with injuries, the team is just beginning to fire on all cylinders.
“We’ve struggled with a lot of injuries all year,” Alcorn said. “One thing about being a smaller school is you don’t have the athletes a lot of the time some of the bigger schools do. We had to work on possession. Having Carly McCay and Stefany Parrish not play together until about the 10th game, that really hurt us. Basically, probably our Westview game, which was our second or third one from the end, we really came out and played a monster possession game. We beat a Westview team that had won 13 games, and that’s when I told the girls ‘OK, we can do this.’”
With Saturday’s championship game already all but in the books, the Argos boys soccer team returned to the school to show support for the girls team after its penalty kick shoot-out victory over Bremen at the Culver Community Boys Sectional earlier in the day. Fire truck sirens announced their arrival, and after the girls finished up their game, they clambered onto another truck, and both teams took a victory lap around the town.
“I think it was 3-0 by the time we heard,” said Alcorn. “When we heard the sirens, everybody knew it so I don’t think it was a big factor. Several of the kids went over to watch the first half. They came. We try to support each other, it’s a small school. The boys were over there playing and half the school was gone, but it was nice when they came back and cheered us on.”
“During the boys game, I was conflicted,” said Argos Athletic Director Nick Medich. “The boys went overtime and then to PKs. I had to leave to get back to our tournament here. People in the community were trying to get me to push back this game farther and farther just so they could see this one and come back and support the girls, but we had to go with what was going on. I’m glad everybody showed up; we’ve got fire trucks taking the kids through town, so we’re excited. We’re happy to be at Argos. Go Dragons.”
• ARGOS 4, HEBRON 0
At Argos Girls Soccer Sectional
Jami Patterson (Stefany Parrish), 30th minute
Patterson (Kayla Prochno), 42nd minute
Samantha Hopkins, 48th minute
Keri Bair, 74th minute
Shots on goal: Argos 15, Hebron 4
Saves: Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos) 4, Kyle Doelling (Hebron) 11
Corners: Argos 3, Hebron 1
Records: Argos 13-6, Hebron 10-7-1 (final)