Saxony Lutheran soccer left no doubt who would walk away with the title at the end of the night.
The Crusaders scored early and often on the way to defeating Gateway Science Charter 8-0 in the Class 1, District 1 title game at Kelly High School on Friday. It’s Saxony’s first district title since 2016.
“We really stuck to our gameplan and took advantage of the opportunities that we were given,” Saxony coach Chris Crawford said. “We were disciplined in the way we played and we have been playing the exact way we have wanted to play all season.”
How exactly is that?
“We want to win those 50-50 balls, defend together and attack as a unit,” Crawford said. “We want to possess the ball and let the ball do the work for us.”
Those attributes worked for Saxony as eight different players scored in the title game against Gateway. Clara Brune, Faith Dreyer, Camille Richey and Abby Haley each scored a goal in the first half. Maggie Hillin, Annie Adams, and Mallory Kohlfield scored in the second half, and Sophie DeBrower scored the final goal with about 25 minutes left to trigger the mercy rule.
Saxony continued the momentum they built in the semifinal against Kelly as the Crusaders won the two district tournament games by a combined score of 17-1. Saxony has also improved over the last several seasons as they won four games in 2021 and eight games one year ago.
“It was fun,” Crawford said. “It was nice to win the district tournament since we haven’t done that in quite some time. It culminated the work that these girls have been putting in for the last few years. The upperclassmen may have taken their lumps over the last several seasons and it really paid off for us in this tournament.”
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