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Soccer team makes history with sectional win
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The Carrollton girls soccer team made school history Oct. 19 in the first round of the Division II East District 1 sectional/district tournament.
The Warriors, seeded no. 5, defeated the Minerva Lions, the no. 12 seed, 4-3 to win the first sectional title in school history.
The two teams battled hard for 40 minutes in cold, drizzly conditions at Community Field.
The Lady Lions drew first blood when freshman forward Kyleigh Lippincott put her team on the board with a goal at the 36:31 mark of the first half.
Carrollton responded with a goal by another freshman, forward Izzie Nuzzolillo, midway through the first period.
A determined Lion team responded with Lippincott put her team back on top 2-1 with a goal at the 6:35 mark of the half.
Carrollton put together an offensive that knotted the game at 2-2 just 1:42 before the break when junior forward Ariona Rutledge took a shot from the left side. The ball hit the metal post on the right side and into the back of the net.
Both teams added a goal in the first 30 minutes of the second half.
Lippincott scored her third goal, unassisted, less than four minutes into the second half to pull her team ahead 3-2.
Once again a determined and patient Warriors team responded when Rutledge sent the ball into the net at the 17 minute mark.
As the clock ticked down towards the two-minute mark and it appeared the two Eastern Buckeye Conference teams would go into overtime, Carrollton senior Danielle Elson broke the tie with a penalty kick that sailed into the goal for the victory.
Carrollton freshman goalie Ryleigh Hanenkrat had seven saves.
The Warriors are scheduled to face the third-seeded Dover Tornadoes this Wednesday in the first round of the district tournament. The game will be held at Harrison Central High School at Cadiz at 7 p.m.
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