The rest of the match was a dogfight as both teams fought to break through for a goal. Avon had more opportunities though as they had 10 shots on goal to one Quaker.
“We knew in the state tournament, especially them coming off a big win, we knew it was going to be a huge battle,” Nance said. “Plainfield’s players fought so hard tonight and I think our players fought extremely hard as well. I’m excited that we got that win. That’s all that matters in the state tournament.”
It was not for a lack of effort, the Quakers just could not break through the suffocating Orioles defense.
“They’re a really good team and we did all we could to get forward,” Robbins said. “I changed our formation there at the end to try and get up and did all we could.”
Plainfield goalie Lauren Gardner stopped 10 shots on goal and was a force all night with great saves from corner and free kicks.
“Lauren’s really peaked toward the end of the season,” Robbins said. “It’s been great to watch her grow over the last four years. She’s been a huge asset to this team.”
The Quakers graduate Gardner, Megan Broman, Amanda Trump, Kendal Baker, Marisela Sanchez, Emma Mongell, and Bailey Stewart.
“It’s the biggest group I’ve graduated since I’ve been here,” Robbins said. “They’ve been the core of getting us to where we are. Snatching 13 wins this season, that’s the most we’ve had in eight or nine years.”
Avon advances to a showdown in the sectional championship game against rival Brownsburg. The Orioles won 2-1 in the regular season but Nance knows to expect another fight.
“Brownsburg is going to be another battle, but I’m so confident in our team,” he said. “We’ve had an amazing season, these girls have been working hard for this moment and we’re excited about it.”