The Bowling Green girls’ soccer team assured itself of at least two more home games with a 4-0 win Tuesday over South Warren in the District 14 Tournament semifinals at Bowling Green Soccer Complex.
Bowling Green (18-3) scored all four goals in the first half and cruised to victory to advance to Thursday’s championship game and earn a spot in next week’s Region 4 Tournament. Bowling Green will host the region tournament, which begins Monday.
“That’s a great feeling,” BG coach Lisa Correa said. “We played really well in the first half. We were coming off a tough loss where we didn’t play very well, so we were looking at the girls to step up their game. I felt we played a complete game tonight.”
Sidney Pruitt got the Lady Purples on the board in the sixth minute.
South Warren had a chance to answer with two shots on goal off free kicks in the first 10 minutes, but BG keeper Keely Vincent turned away both shots. The Spartans had one more shot on goal the rest of the way.
“I think if we get one of those goals the whole complexion of the half changes for us,” SW coach David Burnette said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get one in.”
BG pulled away with three goals in the final 21 minutes of the first half. Erin Jones stripped a defender and scored from just inside the box to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute. Morgan Smith scored off a pass from Baylor Winger in the 31st minute, and Winger capped the scoring with a goal just inside the box in the 40th minute.
Bowling Green outshot the Spartans 28-6, with a 15-3 advantage in shots on goal.
“I was really happy with the way we possessed the ball and really make do with our opportunities,” Correa said. “We had a lot of good looks tonight, and I’m very happy with how we played.”
South Warren was without leading scorer Mackenzie McDonald, who missed the game with a leg injury.
The Lady Purples advance to face Greenwood at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
South Warren ends its season with a 15-4 record, the most wins in the school’s four-year history.
“We are in one of the toughest two or three districts in the state,” Burnette said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done. We played a tougher schedule this year intentionally to try to make us better. This team was beyond my expectations. It’s unfortunate we can’t get past the Bowling Green-Greenwood hurdle. It’s just a matter of time before we do. We keep working and keep getting a little bit closer.”
Greenwood 10, Warren Central 0
Ellie Young scored four goals as the Lady Gators built a four-goal first-half cushion and cruised from there to advance to the title game and earn a spot in next week’s Region 4 Tournament.
“We came out here and tried to treat it like any other game,” Greenwood coach Lindsey Passaglia said. “We’re kind of getting to the point of the season where we need to be putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The girls know that. I think it was an OK game. We definitely had some great finishes and some great opportunities that we put away.”
Young scored three times in the first 25 minutes to stake Greenwood (14-4-2) to a 3-0 lead. Lauren Locke added the final goal of the first half off a pass from MacKenzie Pettus.
Four Lady Gators scored in the second half, with Pettus and Hannah Schutte scoring two goals apiece.
Greenwood outshot Warren Central 36-2, with a 20-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Warren Central finishes its season 10-5-2.
Greenwood will meet a Bowling Green team it beat on penalty kicks in the regular season, with the District 14 Tournament title at stake.
“I think winning Thursday will definitely build our confidence up, but Bowling Green is a great team,” Young said. “It should be evenly matched.”