On Tuesday, Oct. 27th the RCSHS girls soccer team defeated Johnson Central in the first round of the state soccer tournament 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinal round on Saturday against Owensboro Catholic. The game was played on a very wet and muddy field. The Lady Vikings got on the board first with a goal by Summar Oakley and added another just a few minutes later with a goal by Hannah Bandura off a free kick from about 30 yards out. Johnson Central wasted little time getting one back to make the score 2-1. Hannah Taylor took a great lead pass from Hannah Bandura and shot the ball which deflected off of a Johnson Central player and into the goal for a 3-1 halftime lead. The second half was played scoreless until the last five minutes, when Johnson Central took a free kick and scored, to cut the lead to 3-2. Hathlyn Chapman answered with a goal 1 minute later to seal the victory.
On Saturday, October 31 the Lady Vikings traveled to Lafayette High School to take on Owensboro Catholic in the quarterfinals. The team lost 7-0 but played with a lot of heart and determination. For the first 30 minutes of the first half and the first 20 minutes of the second half we only gave up 2 goals, but the ability to pass and possess the ball by Owensboro Catholic just wore us down. Emily Moore was named to the all-tournament team.
The team had a special season winning the regional tournament and advancing to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. This was the first time the girls had accomplished this since the 2003 team coached by Alan Evans. The season included a 16 game non-loss streak that had 12 straight wins and 14 shutouts. With all the excitement and joy of such a great season there is also sadness that we lose 9 great senior leaders. Hannah Bandura, Montanna Minor, Nicole Plank, Summar Oakley, Savanna Smith, Katie Callihan, Ariel Gross, Emily Moore, and Brooke Thomas; thank you for the time and energy but most importantly the leadership you gave to make this a special season and one to remember.