If gender inequity will be broken down one glass ceiling at a time, let it be known that a regional ceiling came down in Indiana on Friday night.
As reported by WTHI sports director Rick Semmler, Orian Roshel became the first girl in Terre Haute South Vigo (Ind.) school history to connect on a game-winning field goal when she hit a 27-yarder to hand TH South a 31-28 victory against Castle.
Roshel’s heroics come a week after Dawson High Homecoming Queen Claire Jeffress connected on a game-winning field goal in Texas.
The game-winner was three years coming for Roshel, who was also the first female to play a down or score a point when she joined the team as a freshman. She was also the first girl to compete as part of the Terre Haute North-Terre Haute South football rivalry, though those honors pale in comparison to her accomplishment on Friday night.
It didn’t take long for the significance of Roshel’s kick to set in for the junior, not because of what it meant for her, but what it meant for the team:
The upset of Castle not only avenged a season-opening loss to the school but also advanced South on to the sectional playoffs, where Roshel will get another chance to kick a potential game-winner next Friday against an opponent to be determined.