LIZTON — The Lady Athenians’ soccer team closed out what can only be considered a re-builing year by bowing out to Western Boone 6-0 in the second game of Sectional 44 play, Tuesday night. For Crawfordsville head coach Laurie Vellner, the idea of rebuilding was never far from the ladies all season.
“We came into this year with our eyes open,” said Vellner. “We had no illusions. We didn’t think we were going to challenge for the conference title. What we set out to do was to get better every match. There were a couple of times we slipped back a bit, but for the most part, I think we did improve.”
Crawfordsville fell behind Western Boone within the first 30 seconds of play. The Stars’ Olivia Hole put her team on top to stay by driving home the first goal at 39:42 of the match. Western Boone would score three more times in the first, and two times in the second to advance in the tournament to meet North Montgomery on Thursday.
“We had trouble on over-balls,” assessed Vellner. “We found ourselves flat-footed at times, and didn’t anticipate the ball going over our heads.”
The result was tremendous pressure on Goal Keeper Sierra Hutchison, who although tagged for six goals, turned away nine.
Young goalkeeping is one thing that has Vellner looking forward to next season.
“We are going to miss our seniors, especially our ‘stand-up’ players, Maddi [Hudson] and Ari-adna [Eufrasio] and Cali [Saunders]. But we have a good core coming back. What we do in the off-season will play into how we improve.”

Scoring by Periods
Period P1 P2 Total
Crawfordsville 0 0 0
Western Boone 4 2 6
Scoring
Period One
39:42 Western Boone 1-0
Olivia Hole (Meg Kinslow Assist)
28:49 Western Boone 2-0
Karlie Saunders (unassisted)
24:52 Western Boone 3-0
Madison Jones (unassisted)
18:45 Western Boone 4-0
Madison Jones (unassisted)
Period Two
34:36 Western Boone 5-0
Meg Kinslow (unassisted)
16:31 Western Boone 6-0
Olivia Hole (Saunders Assist)
Shots on Goal
Crawfordsville 2-2, 4, Western Boone 12-5, 17
Saves
Sierra Hutchison (Crawfordsville) 6-3, 9; Camryn Savage (WeBo) 2-2, 4