This story will be updated with coach and player reaction.
SHELBYVILLE — Last week, the Greenfield-Central girls’ soccer team won the program’s first sectional title since 2005. The Cougars’ mission to claim their first-ever regional title is on hold at least another year.
At the regional semifinal at Shelbyville on Wednesday, No. 20-ranked Warren Central defeated the Cougars 4-1.
G-C (11-7), which lost to the Warriors (13-6-1) by a 3-1 score in the regular season, briefly held the lead in Wednesday’s rematch. Following a Warren Central handball in the goalkeeper’s box, the Cougars’ Alli Frazier was awarded a penalty kick, and her attempt was saved by WC keeper Addie Runkel. But, the ball bounced off Runkel’s hands back into play, and the Cougars’ Sammie McCoy put the deflection into the net for a 1-0 Cougars lead with 33 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Warriors responded with an aggressive offensive attack that resulted in two first-half goals, the first off a penalty kick by Alessandra Fistrovich with 17:46 left before intermission and the other by Kaitlin Wells with 11:19 to go.
After the break, Fistrovich added a second goal with another handball-related penalty kick score with 16:47 remaining in the match, then Amelia Carney finished off the scoring for Warren Central at the 8:01 mark to make it 4-1.
Warren Central, which out-shot the Cougars 12-3, advanced to Saturday’s championship to face the program that has the most regional titles in state history.
In the first semifinal Wednesday, No. 14-ranked Center Grove, which owns 13 regional trophies, defeated defending regional champ Perry Meridian 3-1. The Trojans (13-4-2) avenged a 3-1 regular season loss to the Falcons (14-4). In last year’s regional, New Palestine trumped Center Grove, then Perry Meridian downed the Dragons in the championship.
The title match Saturday is slated for 7 p.m. Center Grove beat Warren Central 2-1 on Sept. 19. The regional winner will advance to the Evansville Harrison Semistate Oct. 20 against the winner of the Jennings County Regional. New Castle (17-2)-Bloomington South (13-5-2) and East Central (12-5-2)-Columbus North (8-7-3) were the regional semifinal matchups at Jennings County Wednesday.