GREENFIELD — After a one-year hiatus, the queens of Hancock County soccer have once again ascended to their accustomed sectional throne.
And without a senior on the roster, another lengthy reign at the top could be in order for the returned champs.
New Palestine defeated Greenfield-Central 4-1 Saturday to claim the program’s seventh sectional championship in the past eight years. The Dragons (9-7-2) also extended their unbeaten streak to nine games and earned a regional semifinal match opposite 2A No. 12 Center Grove (12-3-3) Wednesday at Shelbyville.
The New Palestine-Center Grove victor takes on the Perry Meridian (13-4-1)-Warren Central (10-5-2) winner in Saturday’s regional final.
Saturday’s Sectional 21 final was a rematch of the 2012 sectional championship game won 2-0 by Greenfield-Central.
The two teams qualified for this season’s sectional title game in wildly different manners.
In their semifinal match vs. Mt. Vernon Thursday, the Dragons blew a 3-0 lead, rallied to tie the game at four, then won 3-2 in penalty kicks. As for the Cougars, they cruised past Shelbyville 10-0 behind a single-game G-C record eight goals from Emily Koers.
Much like it did in Thursday’s semifinals, New Palestine started fast Saturday.