TERRE HAUTE -- Sullivan's pursuit of back-to-back girls' soccer sectional titles started with a shutout Tuesday at Terre Haute South. In their opening-round game against Northview, the Lady Arrows controlled all aspects en route to a 5-0 victory.
The win sets up a semifinal contest with North Knox at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Northview marked Caryssa West throughout the entire game, but the junior was still able to find two goals to lead Sullivan's scoring.
Christina Haag got things started by scoring her 31st goal of the season nine minutes into the contest. Kelsey Burr, who assisted Haag on the opening goal, scored the second goal on an assist from Shelbi Ellenberger.
Sullivan had a 2-0 lead at the half and wouldn't be able to score again until the final 12 minutes of the game.
West scored both of her goals in the second half -- one unassisted and one from Joscelyne Mann. Ellenberger also found the back of the net.
"We weren't sharp, but for the most part we had possession," Sullivan coach Kurt Hauger said. "Our main focus right now is to get better. Our defense is playing well. Our offense has had a lot of shots, but we need to put it in the back of the net. We can be our own worst enemy."
Despite recording the seventh shutout of the season, Hauger said his squad is still trying to find its rhythm after tying South Knox in the regular season last week.
"It's been awhile since we have last played," Hauger said. "Right now we are trying to shake the rust off and find our rhythm."
Sullivan (14-2-1) hasn't lost since Aug.. 28 against Evansville Mater Dei. That long winning streak included a 6-1 victory over Northview in the regular season, and Hauger said the Lady Knights have improved since that regular season game.
Sullivan won the regular season game against North Knox 7-0. A win Thursday will likely pit the Lady Arrows against Terre Haute North for the sectional title Saturday at 7 p.m. Last year, Sullivan beat Terre Haute North in overtime to win its first sectional championship in school history.