Girls soccer: Boone Grove wins first sectional title
DEMOTTE — Boone Grove has been close to sectional championships, but they had never won one until Saturday when senior Olivia Mcafferty’s two goals carried her team to a 2-1 win over Rensselaer in the Covenant Christian Sectional final.
McCafferty’s goal with 1:18 remaining gave them the victory margin, but Wolves’ coach Chad Roggow said those last 88 seconds were “the longest 1:28 of my life.”
“If I had a (heart problem) I wouldn’t have made it,” he said. “It reminded me a lot of last year’s sectional final against Argos, which we lost to them in the last minute. It was a lucky break, a lucky bounce,” he added about McCafferty’s shot.
“I kept yelling to the girls, send it through ... through to McCafferty, I knew she could get it, get ahead of (her defenders) and get the shot off.”
The game-winning goal came when the Bombers (13-4) goalie stopped McCafferty’s first shot, which came off an assist attempt by Allie Hill, from the side of the goal. It bounced to the goalie’s right, in the middle of the goal, and the senior forward slammed it home. McCafferty, who said she played defense her first three years, and prefers to stop teams defensively, has now scored 24 goals in her first year concentrating on offense.
“The first goal I outran the two girls that were on me. I scored both goals on free balls,” she said.
Rensselaer’s lone goal was scored by Allison Graves, and came off a penalty kick that tied the match.
“I was expecting a high-scoring game,” McCafferty said. “It was so exciting. We scored on free kicks and on breakaways.”
Roggow, who is in his 11th season with Boone Grove (7-7-3), takes a team that won both sectional matches over teams that had beaten them in the regular season to the Class A regional next Saturday at Wheeler, which won its own sectional on Saturday.