Brebeuf girls soccer coach Angela Berry-White has quite an illustrious soccer resume. She had a stellar career at North Central High School, was a three-time All-American, was a member of the U.S. women’s national team and is a member of the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame.
When the No. 4 Braves advanced to the state championship game for the first time in program history with a 2-0 win over Castle Saturday night, it was a moment that ranked near the top with the rest of her accomplishments.
“That was our goal for this year,” she said. “To see that pure joy and excitement for them is immeasurable. It really is.”
Ryanne Brown scored both goals for the Braves, one on an assist from Alia Martin in the first half and the second on a penalty kick in the second half.
Brown also scored a pair of goals in the Braves’ 8-0 win over Center Grove in the semi-state opener, giving her four goals on the day and 26 on the season.
Standing between Brebeuf and a state title is No. 2 Penn.
“When you make it this far, you’re not going to play anyone who’s not good,” Berry-White said. “Knowing they beat the defending state champions in Fishers, we’re going to have to be on our ‘A-game’ for the entire 80 minutes.”
The Braves and Penn will face each other next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus.
The Kingsmen ended the No. 7 Fishers Tigers’ season Saturday night with a 3-0 win, eliminating the chance for the Tigers to repeat as state champions. The Kingsmen have scored 120 goals this season while allowing only four.
It was the first time since Sept. 9 that Fishers failed to score a goal.
The Tigers used a goal in extra time by Emily Buchman to sneak past Munster 1-0 in the opener.
Class A No. 1 Heritage Christian fell to No. 2 Evansville Mater Dei 4-3 on penalty kicks in the semi-state opener.
On the boys side, No. 7 Center Grove advanced to its first state title game in program history with a 2-1 win over No. 6 Carmel.
Center Grove will face Harrison next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Carroll Stadium.
Hayden Gorall scored the first goal for the Trojans, but Carmel answered with a penalty kick by Andreas Roslender. Keaton Radecki, who blew out his ACL in last year’s game against Carmel, scored the game-winning goal.
“It was real nice for him,” Center Grove coach James McLaughlin said. “It was a long recovery for him, and he’s really started to play his best soccer here in the last couple weeks.”
The Trojans took an early lead over Bloomington South in the opener, but saw the Panthers mount a quick comeback to tie the game. Center Grove scored three unanswered goals to win 5-2.
Conrad Bomber had a hat trick. Roman Johnson scored the eventual game-winner while Gorall also had a goal.
The Greyhounds breezed past East Central 3-0 in the opener thanks to a penalty kick by Roslender and goals by Joel Hudson and Tyler Majeski.
The Class A No. 8 Cardinal Ritter Raiders used a 1-0 win in the semi-state final versus Lawrenceburg to advance to their first state title game appearance. Coach Bashir Birany, in his eighth year as the Raiders coach, won a state title with Zionsville in 2009.
“It’s an absolute dream on a personal level,” he said. “You do whatever you can to accomplish something, not only for the players but for the coaches, for the families, for the parents. All year I told them I owe that to them. They responded really well.”
Gus Esterline scored the game-winning goal for the Raiders.
Cardinal Ritter will face Mishawaka Marian at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Carroll Stadium.