INDIANOLA — For the final 38 minutes of each half, the Creston girls played Centerville to a 0-0 standoff in Class 1A regional soccer here Wednesday night.
But, Centerville junior Cassidy Schacher converted a goal early in each half, which stood up as enough for a 2-0 Redettes victory that ended the Panthers’ season.
Centerville (4-10) advances to Friday’s regional semifinals at Bondurant-Farrar. Creston’s season ends at 1-15. The match was postponed Tuesday because of thunderstorms that developed throughout much of the state.
Schacher took an assist from Ann Anderson with 38:33 left in the first half and knocked in the match’s first goal, which stood in a 1-0 halftime score.
Then, just 15 seconds into the second half, Schacher converted again on a short-range shot for the last scoring of the night.
Creston mounted several scoring threats midway through the second half. Sadie Jones sent a hard shot just wide of the net at the 26:24 mark, and a shot by Abbie Cook was wide with 22:43 left. A minute later, Jones curled a corner kick that struck the post, and Shelby Palser headed the carom a little too high over the cross bar.
“Number three for them knew how to be aggressive and got it done for them,” Creston coach Kim Lauffer said. “It wasn’t until they scored that second goal that I realized how low our energy had been. Suddenly there was energy and intensity. We started winning 50-50 balls, started stepping in front of them and playing aggressively. We have to play with that aggression more consistently next year.”
The Panthers were missing three starters because of a vacation and the school’s band trip to Disney World in Florida — forward Savannah Hartman and midfielders Itzyanna Rubio and Jenna Hayes.
During the match, Megan Wilker, Shelby Palser and Michelle Powers were temporarily lost with injuries, taxing the team’s depth.
Still, Centerville was limited to those two scoring plays early in each half.
“Our defense played well tonight,” Lauffer said. “They were winning the ball, showing good triangular passing. We just lost it too many times up top.”
Playing her final match as a Panther, Jones finished with a team-high five shots and three on goal. Another senior, Michelle Powers, had three shots on goal.
Other seniors on this year’s team were Ryan Vasquez and Rubio.
“We will miss our seniors a lot next year,” Lauffer said.
With Jones on the field, sophomore Becca Ross played goalkeeper and had 11 saves against the two goals allowed.
The team’s postseason banquet will be held at 6 p.m. June 10 at Lauffer’s residence, 1011 N. Poplar St.
Centerville 2, Creston 0
Creston (0) — Shots (on goal) — 12 (8 on goal). Individual shots (on goal)— Sadie Jones 5 (3 on goal), Michelle Powers 3 (3 on goal), Shelby Palser 1 (1 on goal), Abbie Cook 1, Toni VanScoy 1. Keeper saves — Becca Ross 11. Cards — None.
Centerville (2) — Cassidy Schacher (Ann Henderson assist), 38:33 first half; Schacher 39:45 second half. Shots (on goal) — 10 (6 on goal). Saves — Marissa Rupalo 4. Cards — None.