GREENFIELD — A single-game scoring record, a comeback from a 3-0 deficit and penalty kicks.
And there’s still one more game to be played.
Thursday at the Sectional 23 semifinals at Greenfield-Central, the host Cougars blanked Shelbyville 10-0 and New Palestine upset Mt. Vernon 5-4 (3-2 penalty kicks). The two victors meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the 2012 final.
G-C won that game 2-0, claiming its first sectional title in seven seasons and ending the Dragons’ six-year reign at the top.
The sectional champion will face either Center Grove or Franklin Community Wednesday at Shelbyville in a regional semifinal match.
Playing in the first semifinal Thursday, the Cougars cruised into the championship match thanks to Emily Koers’ eight goals scored, a program record for a single match. Koers’ total eclipsed the previous mark of seven established by Sammie McCoy on Aug. 25, 2012 vs. Decatur Central.
But, with all due respect to Koers and Greenfield, it was the second semifinal that stole the show.
The Marauders entered Thursday as the outright Hoosier Heritage Conference champions and the class of Sectional 23 during the regular season, outscoring its common sectional foes 14-1.
And after a 1-7-1 start, New Palestine was red-hot entering sectional play, going unbeaten in its final seven regular season matches.