Catholic overcame a spirited challenge from the Lady Liberators of Bolivar to win their sixth straight Class 1 District 12 championship this evening in Willard. The Irish had the better of play for the first 15 minutes of the match, but Bolivar stepped up and outworked Catholic during the final 25 minutes using long flip throw-ins from Julie Magana to put significant pressure on the Irish defense. The teams entered the break 0-0. Bolivar continued to pressure the Irish early in the second half. Tara Bailes converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute to put Catholic on top. Five minutes later Maddy Renner found the end of a Rachel Herron cross and knocked it inside the left post and Carsen Baron finished the scoring converting a pass from Anna DeLong in the 69th minute.
Catholic will face the winner of District 11 in the sectional match next Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm in Waynesville.
Congratulations to all the girls on winning the district championship against a very inspired Bolivar squad. Also congratulations to Tara Bailes on scoring the 100th goal of her career at SCHS.