SHELBYVILLE — Greenfield-Central was absolutely fearless.
Coming off its first sectional championship win since 2012, the Cougars stormed onto the wet field Wednesday in Shelbyville with complete confidence.
Taking a one-goal lead into halftime, with scores from sophomore Trystan Ailes and senior Maddie Trapp, Greenfield-Central’s swagger proved to be enough.
With their defense holding strong in a relatively slow second half, the Cougars earned their fifth straight win 2-10against Roncalli and live to see another day. It is the first regional win for the girls’ program in school history.
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Franklin Central defeated Class 2A No. 19 Center Grove, 2-1 in overtime, in the first game on Wednesday and will play Greenfield-Central (7-7-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. for the regional title.
“We were the underdog coming in and we knew that,” Cougars head coach Erin Clark said. “(Roncalli) has been here before and our girls haven’t. Our effort tonight was just fabulous.
“Coming in, maybe this was good, but we knew nothing about Roncalli. Since we won on Saturday, we just talked about what we needed to do.”
With the game tied at 1-all with 7:25 remaining in the first half, Trapp came out of nowhere to give Greenfield-Central a 2-1 advantage, which would carry into the break. After a corner kick by the Cougars, the ball slowly rolled towards the 18-yard line off a rebound, where an anxiously awaiting Trapp would use a perfect one-touch shot to torch the ball to the back of the net.
“I was just hoping I didn’t screw it up,” Trapp said with a smile. “I just tried to get it over the goalie’s head.
“It’s great, we have really come together as a team. I know we can go farther.”
Ailes started the first half scoring and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead just under 23 minutes into the contest Wednesday, using a sharp, low drive to beat Roncalli’s keeper on the left side of goal.
“It was like ‘we can do this,’” Clark said on taking an early lead. “It was such a confidence booster. We struck first in our last two games.”
Ailes leads the team with 15 goals this season.
The Rebels evened the score minutes later, though, after a toe-poke finish by leading scorer Josie Asher. She went one-one-one with Greenfield-Central keeper Kayla Enochs and beat the junior with a quick flip of the foot.
Asher entered the game 16 goals this season. Enochs, who finished with four saves in the first half, totaled six in the game Wednesday.
The Rebels finished the opening half with five shots on goal and one corner kick. The Cougars totaled five shots but held the advantage with three corners. Roncalli finished with nine shots while Greenfield-Central tallied eight.
“Our defense stepped up and stormed the ball,” Clark said.
Greenfield-Central 2, Roncalli 1
G-C: Trystan Ailes, goal; Kayla Enochs, six saves; Maddie Trapp, goal;
RC: Josie Asher, goal;