“We talked about how Carmel might be the best defense in the state,” Aguillon said. “In order for us to score we had to take advantage of the deadball situations, because we knew scoring in the run of play would be extremely difficult. We paid a lot of attention in practice to challenge those balls in the air and that is what we did. Both goals were just scrappy play and the girls just wanting it.”
Carmel continued to press forward looking to get back in the game, but the Zionsville defense was up to every challenge.
Goalkeeper Catherine Schmidt had seven saves in the match.
“Annika Schmidt, our central defender, Abby Shroyer, all the girls did such an amazing job clearing the balls out,” Aguillon said. “They stepped up big today; they believed in themselves and got the result and that is the most important thing. (Catherine) was literally on her line a couple of times in the second half, and she stood her ground and wouldn’t let the ball in. It was pretty remarkable.”
The shutout was the 11th for the Eagles this season, including the third of the sectional in which they outscored teams 12-0.
The three wins in the sectional came after the Eagles had gone 0-1-4 since Sept. 10.
“We realized that the end of the regular season was not what we wanted it to be, and this team was special and we could accomplish some pretty neat things,” Aguillon said. “In order for us to do that, we had to make sure we were focused and we knew we had the talent; it was just a matter of putting it all together. And I think it came together really nicely. The girls believe in themselves and that is the most important thing. This is just our third sectional in school history and it is really special.”