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2A South Semi-State- Mater Dei 2, South Dearborn 0

Evansville- An incredible girls’ soccer postseason run by South Dearborn came to an end at the 2A South Semi-State hosted by Evansville North at Bundrant Stadium.  The No. 10 Knights lost 2-0 to No. 4 Evansville Mater Dei.

Like every other soccer and cross-country event held Saturday in southern Indiana, rain and wind showed no mercy on the athletes.

Coach Bob Matola’s ladies from Aurora pulled off road victories against ranked opponents during each earlier level of the tournament, winning at No. 8 Lawrenceburg 2-0 for their fifth sectional championship and winning at No. 1 Brebeuf 2-1 for the program’s second regional title.

Unfortunately, SD couldn’t work its magic one more week making the long haul to Evansville for what was essentially a home match for the Wildcats.

Both EMD goals were scored early in the first half.  Este Bonnell hit from 24 yards out into the upper right 90 of the net.  Her sister Ellsa Bonnell shot from within the 18 and placed the ball inside the right post.

South Dearborn ends a fantastic season at 17-5.

No. 4 Mater Dei (15-5-2) will seek its third straight state championship on Saturday, November 2 when the Wildcats will meet No. 9 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (12-4-1) at 11 am Eastern at Fishers High School.

Both Mater Dei titles in 2017 and 2018 were in Class 1A.  This is the Cats first time playing in 2A.  EMD was also the 1A state runner-up in 2014 and 2015.

Dwenger won consecutive single class titles in 2005 and 2006.  The reached the state quarterfinals in 2007 but did not advance to the title match.

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