FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Last season the Canterbury girls soccer team made history winning the program’s fist state championship. The Lady Cavaliers will have a chance to defend their title returning to the state finals again this Saturday.
The road to the 1A state championship hasn’t been easy. Canterbury made it through sectionals by the skin of their teeth, besting Bellmont in PK’s. In a rematch of last year’s regionals, Canterbury took down Eastbrook handidly with an 8-0 win. In semi-state, Canterbury defeated Faith Christian 7-1 to advance to the semi-state finals against Mishawaka Marian. Thanks to an eight save shutout from senior Alexa Habig, and goals from Sydney Colby, Abby Bergeron and Regan West Canterbury punched their ticket to this year’s 1A state championship with a 3-0 win.
Soon the defending state champions learned that they would once again be playing Evansville Mater Dei, the same team they defeated 1-0 in the state title game. Sydney Colby, then a sophomore, scored the game-winning goal in the 77th minute, while Alexa Habig was a stone wall in net turning away seven shots.The Wildcats lost six seniors from last year’s team while Canterbury only lost two.
The rematch between last year’s finalist will take place on Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI.