LAST SEASON: 17-1-3
7-0 HHC champs; sectional champs; regional runner-up
Head coach: Bobby Holden (1st season)
The next regular season loss for the New Palestine girls’ soccer team will be its first in almost three years.
Bobby Holden isn’t sure the streak will last much longer.
Holden, in his first year as head coach after taking over for the retired Dana Merrick, inherits a program that has earned near-elite status in central Indiana.
The Dragons earned their sixth straight sectional championship last fall before losing to Perry Meridian in the regional championship, unable to secure the team’s first-ever regional title. New Palestine finished 17-1-3 for the second straight season.
The red, white and black is unbeaten in 42 straight regular season matches; the Dragons’ last non-state tourney loss was Sept. 16, 2009, against Greenfield-Central.
Most of the girls who had the biggest hand (or foot) in that streak are gone; New Palestine graduated 11 seniors, including seven starters.