GREENCASTLE — For just the second time in the school’s history and for the first time in head coach Julie Hodges’ coaching career the North Montgomery Chargers’ girls’ soccer team has advanced past the first round of the sectional.
“This is a first for me,” Hodges said following her team’s 1-0 victory over county-rival Southmont in the opening game of the of the Greencastle Sectional Monday night.
The Chargers beat Frankfort in the first round in 2005 for the school’s only other sectional victory.
The only offense the Chargers needed came in the 48th minute of the match when Breanna Hampton beat Southmont goalie Courtney Rush Haley Foster was credited with the assist.
Rush came up with a number of great saves, but that shot slipped past her.
“Southmont played a great game,” Hodges said.“We tried to keep the pressure on them and I felt like we did a decent job.Their goalie came up with a number of big saves.”
A big part of the game was played in the Southmont end of the field and that was by design.
“Our game plan was the control the ball and play solid defense,” Hodges said.“I would have liked to had another goal of two..This team is going to give me a heart attack. But we are very excited to advance. We knew it would be a close match. County games are always close and with this being in the sectional it was a given it was going to be tight.”
The goal game during a period of the game where the rain was falling extremely hard. That rain played a big part in the the way the Chargers played the second half.
“I felt like we controlled the ball in the first half, but that second half the conditions were getting a little sloppy and we didn’t do as well as we did in the first half. With the score being as tight as it was all it would have taken was for someone to slip or fall down and it could have been a different story.”
There were a couple of close calls in the second half but freshman Emily Jensen turned back any shots the Mounties put at her.
“We had a couple of opportunities,” Southmont coach Aldredo Villalpando said. “We just didn’t capitalize when we got those chances. It was a pretty tight game all the way.”
Southmont ends the season 3-14, while North Montgomery will be looking for another record on Thursday when it plays Greencastle. The Chargers are 7-8-2. The seven wins ties the school record for the most wins in a season.
“It would really be nice to break the school record and move to the championship game for the first time,’ Hodges said. “We tied Greencastle earlier this season so we feel like we have a good shot.”