Cougars get NP-MV winner

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FORTVILLE — Emily Koers has returned just in time to give the Greenfield-Central girls’ soccer team a potent 1-2 scoring threat. Whether her appearance on the pitch is enough to make the Cougars the first non-New Palestine champion in this sectional since 2005 will be decided Saturday.

Koers, a junior, scored her fifth goal in four matches since returning from an ankle injury to help the Cougars beat Shelbyville 6-0 Thursday in the sectional semifinals at Mt. Vernon. The injury kept the Cougars’ 2011 leading scorer sidelined for all but two other contests this season; in her absence, fellow junior forward Sammie McCoy took over as G-C’s dominant offensive weapon, piling up 22 regular season goals, then chipping in three more scores against Shelbyville.

The Cougars will take a 10-6 record into the championship Saturday, thanks largely to McCoy, who notched five goals last season as a sophomore, and a defense that allowed just six goals in the 10 matches Koers was absent this year.

“I was really proud of them,” Koers said of the Cougars, who registered at least six goals in a match for the sixth time this season on Thursday. “I didn’t think they would have scored as many goals as they did, especially Sammie. She stepped up a lot.

“I think it gives us a lot more confidence, because me and Sammie are like a dynamic duo up top.”

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