INDIANAPOLIS — With offensive opportunities hard to come by, the teams combined for just three shots on goal and three corner kicks in the first half.
Playing with the wind in the second half, Ricks found Van Wagner for an open shot six minutes in, but the point-blank look went right to Fishers goalkeeper Morgan Hammon.
Like the opening 40 minutes, Avon controlled the ball the vast majority of the second half. The Orioles outshot Fishers 6-2, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Fishers had the wind advantage in the first overtime, and Avon keeper Kelsey Dossey had two saves to keep it scoreless.
With 1:28 left in the initial OT, Blacha got a foot on Van Wagner’s corner for what held up as the game-winner.
“Cassidy wanted to go with a different corner kick play, and I agreed with her and she went after it and attacked the ball hard,” Nance said. “Hope Van Wagner played a good ball in as well.”
Blacha said the state championship was earned with season-long focus and effort.
“We work so hard in practice and all the time,” Blacha said. “What’s the point of working so hard if you don’t win?”