Sydney Miller and Lydia Holtmann could have been charged for rent Friday, since they basically lived by the opposing soccer goal Friday night.
The two Springfield Catholic standouts led the Fightin’ Irish past Rogersville 3-1 win in the Class 1 District 12 finals at Cooper Soccer Park. Holtmann scored two of Catholic’s goals, with Miller directing the way, as the Irish won their 11th consecutive district title.
Catholic, which has made four consecutive state semifinal appearances, including Class 1 state titles in 2010 and 2011, advances to play Osage in the sectionals. The next game is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Osage.
“I like the way we’re playing right now,” coach Ben Timson said. “Tonight was kind of what we expected. Rogersville played really hard and we were fortunate to get a few goals.”
It was also fortunate for Rogersville that some of the offensive surges Catholic put together ended up being called back for offsides.
Several times in the game, a streaking Holtmann was whistled for entering the offense zone too soon after receiving a pinpoint pass on her lead foot from Miller.
“She does everything,” Timson said of Holtmann. “She’s a dynamo. She has good technique, but this was the first time all year we had her at forward because we wanted to spread Rogersville out a bit. The last two nights, we’ve worked hard on our passing.”
As a result, Holtmann was caught getting too far ahead too soon.
“I never played forward before,” Holtmann said with a laugh. “I was a little anxious because I was getting behind them.”
Miller said she and her playing partner, Holtmann, work on the passing during practice.
“We practice it all year. Tonight, we had as good a game as we’ve had all year. It was the best passing between us tonight,” she said.
Holtmann, wearing her lucky pink sweatband that easily identifies her on the field, scored her first goal with 34:31 left in the first half when she took a pass from Megan Loethen, meandered around Rogersville goalkeeper Linessa Campbell, who aggressively tried to cut down on the angle, and fired into the left side of the goal.
Throughout the half, Holtmann and Miller teamed up to keep Campbell on her toes, firing a number of shots right at the Wildcats’ keeper, who deflected or caught them all throughout the rest of the half.
The second half opened with Holtmann taking her first serious shot on goal with 33:47 left, and another 30 seconds later.
But Rogersville responded by attacking Catholic, as Haley Weeks and Haley Rust both had shots that were just off the mark.
Holtmann scored her second goal with 26:45 left in the game on a pass from Anna Skrade. Catholic’s last goal came with 13:15 left by Allie Banasik on an assist from Rebecca Rosebrough to make it 3-0.
Rogersville’s only score came with less than two minutes left in the game on a goal by Regan Hill.