When two expert teams are set to clash in the 3-A State Championship, the competition is bound to be fast and furious, and Penn did not disappoint, winning their second state championship in 2 years.
Guerin Catholic, a private school outside of Indianapolis with an enrollment of 761 students was set to play Penn October 27th in the first ever girls’ soccer 3A state championship. Despite the fact that Penn has nearly 5 times as many students as Guerin, the talent was equally matched in the contest.
Both squads were known for their defenses, with Penn allowing only 4 goals in 23 games and Guerin with only 3 in 18 games. (via South Bend Tribune) However, it was the offense that seemed to steal the show.
Kristina Lynch, a Florida State recruit, fired 2 assists to teammates Molly McLaughlin and Maya Lacognato in the second half to put the Kingsmen up 2-0 late in the game.
Then, it was Mackenzie Wood, a Northwestern recruit’s, time to shine. Throughout the game, she stopped all 8 of the Golden Eagles shots, including three on goal. (via South Bend Tribune)
The Kingsmen, back-to-back champions, finished their season under head coach Jeff Hart 23-0-1, a remarkable record that was book ended with another triumph at Butler University in the state finals.
To make the success even sweeter, Penn midfielder Kristina Lynch was named the Mental Attitude Award winner. Lynch finished the season with 44 goals and 19 assists. (via South Bend Tribune)
With 10 NCAA Division 1 recruits in their lineup, it seemed almost destined for the Lady Kingsmen to win state once again. However, with Guerin ranked number 1 in the nation according to MaxPreps.com and Penn ranked first by TopDrawerSoccer.com, it was a battle of the best.
Penn came out on top once again, and proved to be number 1, not only in the state, but in the nation.