Hillsboro (16-2-1) punched its ticket for a spot in the District Final with a 3-0 win over Circleville Tuesday night at Jackson’s Alumni Stadium. The Indians will play the winner of Tuesday’s Chillicothe-Fairfield Union match.
Trista Rhodes scored two goals within three minutes of one another to give the Indians a 2-0 lead before the half. Then Hillsboro tacked on an empty net goal by Ashley Purtee to seal the victory.
While happy with the win, Indians Coach Leslie Molen said her team’s approach to its offensive attack could’ve been sharper. “Sometimes it’s not the fact that you’re attacking, but the quality of your attack” said Molen “and at times it wasn’t very (well) planned out.”
Rhodes first goal came with 4:50 remaining and she charged the net cleaned up a ball that got away from Circleville goalkeeper Darbi Brewer. Brewer failed to secure a shot by Madison Colliver that rolled toward Rhodes for the kill.
Coming in, we knew they would double team Trista and our center Madison (Colliver)” said Molen “and we knew she was gonna have to play a harder game to capitalize for us.”
With a 2-0 cushion at intermission, Molen knew her Indians couldn’t let down “We talked all half not letting them have breakaways, through balls… they (Circleville) were still potentially dangerous.”
On the final goal, Circleville left its net empty in an attempt to pressure late. The Indians cleared the ball deep into Tigers territory. Purtee won the ball and found the back of the net with 2:53 left in regulation.
Hillsboro is a game away from a Regional berth, something Molen has her girls focused on. “We definitely have our sights set big… we’re setting back on our heels to keep from getting over confident.”