Marian girls soccer team left its mark with state runner-up finish

Marian girls soccer team left its mark with state runner-up finish

Marian girls soccer coach Henry Vu admits that there are plenty of fond memories of his first season in charge of the Knights.

The most meaningful of those memories though has nothing to do with the wins accumulated and the championships won by his talented team.

“I’m just so proud of how much time and effort this team put in to grow as a family this season,” said Vu by phone Sunday night. “That’s the most important thing to me. It’s all about the memories they created that were non-soccer ones.”

The No. 4 Knights saw their season end in heartbreaking fashion Saturday in the Class 2A state title match in Indianapolis. Ella Hamner’s header goal with 1:19 to play in the second overtime period lifted No. 3 Evansville Memorial to a 1-0 win over Marian.

Mishawaka Marian's goalkeeper Ainsley Bulter misses a goal, allowing Memorial to score their only point in overtime during a state final game on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Michael Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium in Indianapolis. Memorial won against Mishawaka Marian 1-0.

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“It was heartbreaking,” admitted Vu of the goal just 79 seconds before the contest would have went to a penalty kick shootout to decide the state champion. “But credit them. They executed on the play.”

Memorial won its fifth state title Saturday, the second most in girls soccer history in Indiana. The Tigers were making their 12th trip to the State Finals.

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