October 30th, 2011

Pioneers Venture Into Unknown Territory

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Pioneers Venture Into Unknown Territory
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Providence girls soccer brings home school's 1st ever title

The Pioneers discovered unsettled territory on Saturday, as the No. 1 ranked Providence High School girls soccer team defeated Class A's No. 5 ranked Mishawaka Marian 3-1 in penalty kicks to capture the 2011 IHSAA state championship in dramatic fashion at Kuntz Memorial Soccer Stadium in Indianapolis.

The title is significant for PHS, as it is the first-ever state championship in the athletic history of the Clarksville school. Providence, which had won six Sectional titles and three Regional titles in the last 11 years, had never advanced to the state championship final game before.

In fact, the 2011 Pioneer girls soccer team was the first Providence team in any sport to advance to the state championship game since the football team lost to West Lafayette in the 1993 title game in Indianapolis.

Providence, which ended the year with 12 straight shutouts, finishes the season undefeated with a record of 21-0-2.

After 94 minutes of scoreless play between the Providence Pioneers and the Mishawaka Marian Knights on Saturday, the two Cathoilc schools went to PKs to decide a champion.

Kasey Wallace and Kelsey Rogers converted the first two penalty kicks for Providence and put the pressure on the Knights. Pioneer senior forward Casey Marlin, who scored a school record 36 goals during the 2011 season, as well as a school record 95 goals for her career, Marlin scored the clinching PK for her squad  past Marian goalkeeper Makaela Douglas.

The Knights (18-3-1) were not as successful from close range and only slipped one goal by Provience goalkeeper Autumn Meyer.


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