SHELBYVILLE — Down, but not out. Disappointed, but not heartbroken.
As members of the New Palestine girls soccer team walked off the field for the final time in 2013 Wednesday at Shelbyville, there were no heads pointing downward or tears welling in eyes after their 5-0 regional semifinal loss to Center Grove.
The best has yet to come from this group, and sans a senior on the roster, the Dragons will be the odds-on favorite from Hancock County to return to this very game in 2014.
The 2A No. 12 Trojans (13-3-3) advanced to the regional final to face Warren Central (11-5-2), which felled Perry Meridian 3-0 in the second semifinal Wednesday. The regional championship is Saturday at 5 p.m.
“I told them before the game that except for a couple of the juniors, no one else has been to this point before,” NP coach Gina Fannin said. “It’s a new experience, it’s a new level. Let’s see what we can do and see what we have to look forward to next year.”