HILLSBORO — The Miami Trace Lady Panthers soccer team made program history Tuesday, winning its first-ever Sectional tournament match.
The 1-0 win by the No. 5 seed Miami Trace came at No. 4 seed Hillsboro.
Both teams came out strong the first half and equally controlled the game keeping the game scoreless at halftime, Miami Trace head coach Caitlin Francis explained.
“In the second half, Hillsboro turned their level of play up a notch but we were able to stay in the game with some great saves in goal by Aubrey Schwartz.”
With 3:56 left to go in the game Tori Morrison broke through the Hillsboro defense to score the game-winning goal. Schwartz had 15 saves in goal for Miami Trace.
“We knew Hillsboro would be a tough opponent and that we would have to give it everything we had to move on in the tournament,” Francis said. “In fact, this is the first tournament win ever for our girls’ soccer program. These girls played an amazing game tonight and I am so proud of all the hard work they have put in this season to get to this point.”
Miami Trace will play at No. 1 seed Chillicothe Saturday at 11 a.m. That match is for a Sectional championship and a spot in the District semifinals on Oct. 26 in Logan.
Elsewhere in tournament play Tuesday, Circleville defeated McClain, 6-0, Waverly topped Logan Elm, 5-1, Unioto defeated Washington, 17-0 and Warren blanked Athens, 3-0.
In Division I boys soccer Wednesday, Watkins Memorial defeated Chillicothe, 4-1.