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September 30, 2012

PREP: Logan takes momentum into sectional with OT win

Logansport’s girls soccer team always seems to play its best right around sectional time.

That appears to be the case again, as the Berries won at New Castle 3-2 in overtime Saturday in their regular-season finale.

With the win the Berries (7-7-1, 5-2 North Central Conference) finish tied for second in the NCC behind Marion (13-0-1, 7-0). Logan and Marion are the only two teams that have beaten New Castle (14-2, 5-2) this season. Logan’s sectional opponent Kokomo (11-5-1, 5-2) also finished tied for second.

“It was a great team effort. We finally found the team we knew we could be,” Logan coach Todd Reiff said. “What a big difference from when we played Kokomo earlier in the week. The girls picked up their effort. We had much greater intensity, much great focus on what needed to be done.

“We stepped up our pace of play and focused on what we need to do. We finished on our shots and had no letdowns. We played two really good halves of soccer instead of just one, which had been a struggle of ours of late.”

Seanna Redman scored the Berries’ goal in overtime. It was her second goal of the game. America Perez also scored a goal. Whitney Jennings had an assist.

Logan is hosting a Class 2A sectional this year and faces a rematch against Kokomo at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by Marion vs. Western. The final is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Berries look to be a dangerous team entering sectional play.

“We believe we’re capable of beating quality teams. New Castle, just look at their record, is a quality team,” Reiff said. “I like our chances. Kokomo and Marion both beat us and I’m sure they’re confident going in, and I can’t blame them. We have to put together a complete game to be successful.”

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