SULLIVAN — The Washington Catholic Lady Cardinals (8-5-1) earned a spot in Sullivan Sectional finals with a dominant win over North Knox 4-0 on Tuesday.
WC kept the ball in the Lady Warrior half of the field throughout most of the game, most notably in the 28-3 shot advantage.
“We felt like we controlled the ball well and kept it our end most of the game. We tried to mix it up and got a chance to get a lot of girls. We got a chance to see what some girls can do moving forward,” said WC coach Austin Deem. “I thought we did a good job of taking our time, looking up and using our space. Space gives you time and time gives you quality.”
Neither team was able to get much going in the opening eight minutes, but WC did mange to get three corner kicks, including the third from the left side which led to Claire Fox’s goal off a loose ball and a 1-0 lead.
WC also had a chance on a free kick with 30:00 left to play in the half, while Fox also had a chance moments later. NK keeper Riley Petro came out and made a nice stop at the top of the box with 23:00 left in the half. However, at 19:56, WC’s Eline Rutledal put a shot on the NK keeper that deflected into the net for a 2-0 lead.
WC had another free kick with 8:00 to play in the half and maintained pressure until Fox was able to make it 3-0 with a goal off a restart with less than 4:00 to play. The Cardinals added a fourth goal in the final minute, as freshman Stephanie Montoya found a loose ball that was being battered around the box and made it 4-0.
WC led 16-0 in shots and 5-0 in corners, giving senior keeper Adeline O’Brian very little to do in the first 40 minutes.
Jennifer Lopez hit the left post four minutes into the second half, but were kept off the scoreboard, but WC was limited in its serious scoring chances through out most of the second.
Emma Stanczak took NK’s first shot with 13:00 to play, off a breakaway run, but O’Brian came up with the stop.
Bryanna Hunter also had a nice chance for WC in the final six minutes requiring the NK keeper to pull it of the cross-bar.
WC ended the second half with a 12-3 shot advantage.
The Lady Cardinals will play the winner of the Sullivan/South Knox game at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Sullivan.