By John Lachmann
Senior Ellie New scored the decisive goal four minutes into the second half as Highlands edged Newport Central Catholic, 2-1 in the District 36 final on Thursday.
New fired a shot from the top of the box that hit the bottom of the crossbar, went straight down, and spun back into the net to give the Bluebirds the lead.
The Thoroughbreds took the lead when senior forward Chandler Cain sent a through ball to freshman forward Taylor Tolle, who went 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper and fired a low shot into the net with 10 minutes left in the first half.
Highlands tied it seven minutes later on a free kick by freshman Kiersten Clukey from 25 yards out.
HALFTIME: 1-1. GOALS: H—Clukey, New. NCC—Tolle. RECORDS: Highlands 6-7-5, NewCath 12-3-4.
ST. HENRY 1, DIXIE HEIGHTS 0 – Freshman Sydney Auteri scored the match’s lone goal in the 15th minute in the championship match of the District 34 tournament.
Auteri buried a right-footed, one-touch shot into the left side of the net off a corner kick by junior midfielder Kelsey Cline that never touched the ground.
Crusaders junior Molly Rice turned three shots aside to earn the shutout.
Auteri and junior defender Mallory Foley were named to the all-tournament team from St. Henry, and sophomore midfielder Rachel Santoris was the most valuable player.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOAL: SH—Auteri. SHUTOUT: Rice (3 saves). RECORDS: St. Henry 7-8-3, Dixie Heights 10-7-1.
BROSSART 2, CAMPBELL COUNTY 0 – Senior Sarah Futscher made 12 saves to record the Mustangs’ shutout in the District 37 final.
Senior forward Megan Verst and junior forward Nicole Goderwis recorded markers for Brossart.
Verst put the Mustangs ahead in the 34th minute on a long through ball from center by senior forward Abby Stadtmiller.
Goderwis made it 2-0 in the first minute of the second half, knocking home a crossing pass from sophomore defender Amanda Graus that was partially deflected by the goalkeeper.
The past four meetings between these teams had resulted in shootouts, all of which were won by the Mustangs.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: B—Verst, Goderwis. SHUTOUT: Futscher (12 saves). RECORDS: Brossart 15-3, Campbell County 13-5-2.
NOTRE DAME 3, BEECHWOOD 0 – Junior midfielder Mandy Arnzen scored all three Pandas goals, including two 35 seconds apart, in the District 35 final.
Arnzen leads the team with 17 goals. She opened the scoring 18:20 into the first half, and added tallies in the 55th and 56th minutes to seal the match.
Three senior midfielders – Maddie Tierney, Ellen Combs and Summer Scheben – picked up assists on Arnzen’s goals.
Arnzen was named most valuable player of the tournament, and Combs and Tierney made the all-tournament team.
HALFTIME: 1-0. GOALS: ND—Arnzen 3. SHUTOUT: Hansel and Kim (0 saves). RECORDS: Notre Dame 17-2-3, Beechwood 10-8-4.