October 18th, 2010

Mercy Gets Past Cougars' Hardin To Advance

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Mercy Gets Past Cougars' Hardin To Advance
photo by Chris Jung

Jags defeat Cougars 10-0 to advance in regional tourney

Holy Cross junior Maya Hardin had never played soccer prior to this season. And up until four games ago, she had never stepped foot inside the goalie box to protect her team's net either.

But filling in for the Cougars' traditional goalkeeper - Kim Mingus, who was not in goal because of injury - Hardin looked like a natural and hung tough despite her team's loss in Monday's 6th Region Tournament semifinal.

The final score of Monday night's game, which was ultimately 10-0 in favor of Mercy Academy, was not an indication of the Cougars' determination, especially Hardin who racked up 31 stops at Holy Cross' Alumni Field.

But when it comes to the regional tournament and postseason play, however, only one team can live to play tomorrow, and that team was the Mercy Jaguars.

Led by Hannah Konermann's four goals, the Jags advanced to Tuesday's regional tournament championship and set up a rematch with duPont Manual - the team that defeated Mercy last week in the district tournament championship. Mercy defeated Manual back in August during regular season play. Whichever team wins Tuesday's rubber match will move on to the KHSAA girls soccer state tournament.

Despite the season-ending loss for Holy Cross, the Cougars breathed new life into its girls soccer program this season, and will return the majority of this team - a squad that won its district - next season.

For continued coverage of 6th Region Tournament action, check back to LouisvilleCatholicSports.com all week.




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