Ally Moore has a few different memories in her four-year career with Centerville’s girls soccer team.
Among those are winning a sectional as a freshman and defeating Batesville in the sectional tournament as a junior.
This week, she hopes to put the two together and earn a sectional victory, first by knocking off Batesville in Tuesday’s first round.
High school soccer teams start their postseason journeys with sectional games, as Centerville hosts the Class A boys tourney and the Bulldog girls travel to Lawrenceburg.
Centerville’s boys are reigning Class A champions after defeating Union County in last year’s championship.
Their first opponent is Knightstown at 5 p.m. today, a team the Bulldogs have handled twice this season.
“We never try to go out cocky,” said Kyle Jones, the only senior on the Bulldogs roster. “Even though we beat them twice, it’s always a new game. They could’ve gotten better, we could’ve gotten worse, I just like to give it my all, let my team give it our all, see what we can come up with at the end.”
Union County plays Union City at 5 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Seton Catholic opposite the winner of tonight’s game. The winners of Wednesday’s games meet in Saturday’s championship at noon.
The Bulldogs defeated the Cardinals in the semifinal a year ago, while the Patriots downed the Indians, setting up the area showdown in the championship that went to Centerville.
The teams met Thursday with Centerville winning 5-2 courtesy of two goals by Cody Weiss and one each from Nathan Tomfohrde, Trevor Miller and Conner Dillon.
“We expect to be in the championship, we hope to win, that’s our goal, that’s what we prepare for all year,” Centerville coach David Barnett said. “(Today) against Knightstown will be a tough match. We played them twice, we beat them, that was in the first week of the season, we assume that they’ve gotten better, hopefully we have too, so we’ll see what happens.”
The girls travel to the Lawrenceburg Sectional. Centerville’s girls split two games at the Batesville Invitational last Saturday, but did not face the home team.
The teams meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday after Oldenburg Academy and South Ripley face off at 5:30. Centerville edged Batesville in penalty kicks a year ago.
“Winning sectional freshman year, that was awesome, and last year was awesome, we beat Batesville in the first round of the sectional, and that just felt amazing too, almost as good as winning sectionals this year,” Moore said after completing a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Union County last Thursday.
“… I just hope we can come out hard and score in the first couple of minutes or in the first half at least. If we score, I don’t think they’ll be able to come back, because we have a strong defense after we score, but once we get down, it’s not good.”
Union County and Lawrenceburg start that tournament at 5:30 p.m. today and the winner advances to face Greensburg at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s been a very good season, good bunch of guys,” said Union County boys coach Brian Nixon. “… It’s been a good season, don’t want it to end.”