Holden nets two goals as Parkview Baptist beats Hannan for state girls soccer title
HAMMOND – It was the first matchup between the top two seeded teams in a state championship match this year.
In the end, second-seeded Parkview Baptist emerged victorious Thursday evening, edging top seed Archbishop Hannan 2-1 at Strawberry Stadium.
Parkview Baptist (22-5) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half as Chelsea Holden scored off a long pass around the top of the penalty box.
The Hawks (15-5-4) got the equalizer on a goal that did not look like a goal initially.
Freshman Kaitlyn Brady took a free kick from about 40 yards out. Eagles freshman keeper Clair David got her hands on the rocket from Brady but by the time she secured the ball, the referee on the spot ruled that the ball crossed the goal line to tie the match 1-1 by halftime.
Both teams came out playing physically in the second half.
The eleventh minute proved to be the vital moment in the game.
Parkview Baptist put pressure on Hannan, hitting the top post. The ball bobbled around and Holden found herself in the right place at the right time and put the ball in for her second goal and for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The Eagles made the game stand up the rest of the way for the title.
“When Clelsea scores, we always win,” Parkview Baptist coach Raphael Nunes said. .
80% percent of the time in high school, the team that scores the third goal wins the game. For Parkview Baptist, Holden’s two goals produced the first-ever state championship in the sport in school history.
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