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ARGOS â€” Argos beat Rochester 5-0 as Girls Soccer Sectional 35 opened Monday at Eugene Snyder Field .
A pair of sophomores combined for a goal in the 12th minute as Hannah Harrell dribbled a ball deep into the Zebra defensive half and then flicked a square pass to Valerie Rospopo. The outside midfielder hit a hard, looping shot that hit the far side net and put the hosts up 1-0. The Dragons outshot the Zebras 10-1 in the first half but led only 1-0. Keeper Catherine Wresien had several point-blank saves in a crowded penalty area to keep the visitors in the game.
â€śThis team has had trouble finishing at times, but our defense has become rather stingy so we have time to work things out,â€ť Argos Coach Jon Alcorn said. â€śHannah (Harrell) gave us a nice boost with a goal and pair of assists. It was nice to see us come out strong to start the second half. I credit Rochester, too. They put a good side out there, and even when we separated a bit, they kept competing.â€ť
After assisting the opening goal, Harrell finished a through ball from Courtney Dunlap just two minutes into the second frame to start a Dragon outburst. Dunlap scored twice on passes from Shelby Sanders and Mariah Lineberry, and the lead was 4-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half.
Harrell got her second assist on a ball finished by Katie Williams to complete the scoring.
The Dragonsâ€™ defense, led by junior goalkeeper Jenni Fishburn, notched its fourth shutout in the last six games, allowing only two goals total in the span. One was a penalty kick and the other come after a blocked defensive clear.
Argos led the Zebras 25-5 and 10-3 in shots on goal and corner kicks respectively, and moves to 10-6-1 on the year.
Sectional play continues Tuesday with two Northern State Conference rematches. Glenn faces Bremen at 5 p.m. The Falcons beat the Lions in an overtime shoot-out at their last meeting. At 7 p.m, LaVille and Culver reprise their regular season finale, which the Cavaliers won 2-1, en route to the NSC title.
The two Tuesday winners meet in a 7 p.m. Thursday semifinal.
The Dragons play Elkhart Christian at 5 p.m. in the other Thursday semifinal.
â€˘Â ARGOS 5, ROCHESTER 0
At Argos Sectional
A â€“ Valerie Rospopo (Hannah Harrell), 12th minute
A â€” Harrell (Courtney Dunlap), 42nd minute
A â€” Dunlap (Shelby Sanders), 44th minute
A â€” Dunlap (Mariah Lineberry), 49th minute
A â€” Katie Williams (Harrell), 63rd minute
Shots on Goal: Argos 25, Rochester 5
Saves: Argos 5 (Jenni Fishburn), Rochester 18 (Catherine Wresien)
Corners: Argos 10, Rochester 3
Records: Argos 10-6-1, Rochester 8-7-2