Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Terre Haute South pressed and pressured the Northview defense nearly from the opening whistle in Thursday's girl's soccer sectional semifinal. While the Braves came away with a 2-0 victory to advance to Saturday's championship match, the Knights had little reason to hang their heads after a superb effort.
Northview goal keeper, Mannah Mace, was at the height of her game during the match and she was tested early and often.
From the opening minutes when the Braves got a pair of corner kicks, one of which Mace punched free out of a crowd, South kept the heat on the Knights' defense. Northview was up to the task while keeping the match scoreless before the halftime break.
Mace was key in keeping the Braves off the board as South was awarded a penalty kick midway through the opening half after a shot rang off the post, a hand ball was called. Braves' senior Makenzie Mauriello took the shot, but Mace dove to her left and deflected the ball away, bringing Northview fans to their feet.
"Everyone was on. Mannah (Mace) had an excellent game in goal. That was the best I've seen her play," Trennel said of the sophomore. "She made key saves and everyone stepped up. It was a great game to watch. That was a great save. She really reached for it and I was really pleased for her," Trennel said of her keeper.
The Knights got one shot on net 17 minutes in as Ramey Miller sent a long pass forward to Melissa Lummis, who directed a shot on net that was saved.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, it was Mace coming up big again as Taylor Crosby had a point blank shot on goal that the Knights' keeper saved to preserve the scoreless tie.
In the second half, South kept pushing forward and Eleanor Carre got off a strong shot that was deflected over the goal by Mace seven minutes into the half.
An already thin Northview bench was taxed further when Hannah Minor left the game after an ankle injury for a portion of the half. South found its first goal less than a minute later as Rachel Senseman crossed a ball along the endline that snuck inside the far post as Mace dove on the ball a split second late.
While the Knights' defense continued to play well, South added its second goal as Senseman passed a ball to the top of the penalty area and Courtney Hubbard found enough space to get off a shot that found net with 15:37 remaining.
Northview kept South off the board the remainder of the way as Trennel appreciated her team's play despite the season-ending loss.
"(The defense) did an excellent job of containing and frustrating those players," Trennel said. "A lot of our issues are that we get beat when we dive and if we make the commitment to contain, we do very well at holding out opponent and that's what we did tonight. Everyone made good decisions tonight, helping each other out and doubling up."
Terre Haute South Girl's Soccer Sectional
THS -- Rachel Senseman, 30:11
THS -- Courtney Hubbard (Senseman), 15:37