On Thursday night the Lady Hot Dog soccer team traveled to Crawfordsville to take on the Danville Warriors in the first Sectional Semi-Final game of the night. The Lady Hot Dogs faced some challenges early when Danville was awarded an early free kick that found a way to sneak just inside the support bar to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. However, the Lady Hot Dogs never quit and continued to put pressure on the Danville defense with several shots. They finally found the back of the net with 12 minutes to go before half-time when two longtime teammates used their chemistry to find the back of the net, Alejandra Hernandez Cruz assisting on another Flor Lopez Goal.
The Lady Dogs didn’t quite there as they managed to score again before half-time when Rylee Seibert crossed the ball and Ariana Regalado kicked it home to give the Hot Dogs a 2-1 lead going into the half.
The second half was just as competitive as the first and both teams were playing physical to try and get their chance to play in Saturday’s Sectional Final. Danville was pressing the attack and the Hot Dog defense kept finding ways to respond and keep the ball out of the net. Which included a terrific save by Senior Noemi Guijosa that even had the Danville coaching staff saying how great of a save it was.
With the lead still being 2-1 in favor of the Hot Dogs with 6 minutes left to play, a foul was called that gave the Warriors a free kick from about 25 yards out. The Warriors managed to strike another good ball that was put in a great location to tie the game up.
That goal seemed to really deflate the Hot Dogs going into overtime as during the first overtime period they allowed two quick goals one in play and another goal off of a free kick. The Lady Dogs only managed a few attempts during the overtimes. The Lady Hot Dog season would end in a 4-2 Overtime loss.
The loss ended a terrific season for the Lady Hot Dogs as they finished with several program records for a single season. Their final record of 11-6-1 goes down as the most wins and best winning percentage in a single season, and the defense recorded a program record 8 shutouts. Also, this year’s squad achieved the girls’ highest Conference finish in program history by tying for 2nd place and won the program’s 2nd ever Sectional game (Tuesday against North Montgomery).
There were also some Player Seasonal & Career Records achieved this season. As Flor Lopez shot up the Career Goals board and finished her career with 29 goals that placed her in a tie for 2nd with Lydia Thompson, her 17 goals this season is also good for 2nd place for goals in a season.
Alejandra Hernandez Cruz also moved into the Top 5 Career Goals by finishing her career with 22 which is good for 5th place in program history.