FORTVILLE — A Greenfield-Central girls’ soccer win over New Palestine Saturday in the sectional championship wasn’t a total surprise. After all, the Cougars fell by only a 2-1 score to New Palestine in the regular season.
What was a shock — and a sight not witnessed in the postseason for the better part of a decade — was the six-time defending sectional champion Dragons being overwhelmed by a more aggressive attack.
Over the final 60 minutes of the championship, Greenfield-Central bombarded the New Palestine goal with attempt after attempt, with Sammie McCoy breaking through twice (36:40, 53:30) to give the Cougars’ their first sectional championship since 2005, the year prior to the Dragons’ start of tournament dominance.
“Credit to New Pal and all they’ve done with their program,” said G-C goalkeeper Katie Peters, who recorded her program-record 41st shutout. “They’re a really talented team still and (New Palestine) coach Bobby Holden is a great guy … but I think this year was definitely a time of change. A good change.
“Coach (Amanda) Eid has helped us tremendously get better.”
Eid, the Cougars’ rookie head coach, replaced Dan Naegeli, who resigned last fall after several successful seasons with the program. But, Eid wasn’t supposed to be the new coach. G-C hired Valdo Da Costa this summer, but the local club coach abruptly resigned a short time later.