Fishers forward Chloe Ulmer has been a nightmare for the opposition all season long. She came into Saturday night’s sectional final versus No. 3 Noblesville with eight goals. Yet her ninth goal proved to be the biggest yet, giving the Tigers a 1-0 victory over the Millers and a third straight sectional title.
Darby Whelan found Ulmer in the third minute of the first overtime period, and Ulmer found the back of the net.
“I wanted to win for my team,” Ulmer said. “That’s what I did. It was difficult, it was a hard ball to handle, but I think I got it under control and in the end it took its own path.”
It was the second 1-0 victory of the season for No. 7 Fishers over Noblesville.
“With Noblesville, you figure it’s always going to be one play that makes or breaks the game,” Fishers coach Ben Beasley said.
Neither team managed many opportunities in the first half. Noblesville’s best chance in regulation came with seven minutes to play in the opening period, as Taylor Crowe took a shot from outside the box that banged off the left post.
While the Millers continued to struggle to gain traction on offense in the second half, the Tigers pushed Noblesville to the brink defensively. Fishers fired six shots in the second half. Ulmer had a pair of scoring chances in regulation. Noblesville keeper Mackenzie Kincaid made a diving save on one attempt, and a second attempt went just over the bar.
Fishers had four corner kicks in the second half, while the Millers managed just one in the contest.
Noblesville had a few chances in overtime, including a sequence where Madison Parrish just missed finding an open Taylor Gysin in the box. But in the end, Fishers keeper Hannah Sullivan finished off her 15th clean sheet of the season.
“(Defender) Alyssa Baker has been a great player for us for four years, and we have one of the best goalkeepers in the state,” Beasley said.
Noblesville coach Michael Brady said Fishers was the better team Saturday.
“You had two good teams battle. They scored, we didn’t,” he said. “They move on, our season is over.”
Fishers has another state title in mind. The Tigers move on to face Yorktown in the regional semifinals at Logansport Wednesday at 5 p.m. But for now, they can celebrate completing the first step.
“I’m pretty proud of that,” Ulmer said. “I think if we keep working, we can keep doing it over and over again.”
1 2 OT1 0T2 F
FISHERS 0 0 1 0 1
NOBLESVILLE 0 0 0 0 0
GOALS: Fishers — Chloe Ulman
ASSISTS: Fishers — Darby Whelan
SAVES: Fishers — Hannah Sullivan (1) Mackenzie Kincaid — (1)