Lady Pacer football season ends with regional loss to Providence

A record-breaking season for Switzerland’s Lady Pacer County college football team ended on a soft note last Thursday, October 13, with a loss to No. 3-ranked Providence High School in the regional semifinals.

The Lady Pacers went down 2-0 in a defensive battle to suffer their first loss of the entire season.

Providence scored their first goal with 24:43 left in the first half, then added a goal on the final horn to make the final tally 2-0.

Providence then advanced to the Regional Finals at Forest Park High School on Saturday, October 15, where the Lady Pioneers lost to Evansville Mater Dei by a score of 4-1.

Evansville Mater Dei — ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 1A — is now moving on to Semistate, where they will face Park Tutor, ranked No. 1 in State Class 1A, in the North Semistate of Evansville this Saturday, October 22 at 6 p.m.

Park Tudor left the Knightstown Regional with a 6-0 win over Covenant Christian. In the regional semi-final, Park Tudor beat Muncie Burris 5-0. Muncie Burris’ team includes Swiss County native Hailey Sainz, who attends the Indiana Academy of Arts and Sciences on the campus of Ball State University.

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The regional loss caps a historic season for coach Courtney Dayadaharum’s Lady Pacers, who finish with a 16-1-2 record.

The team scored 95 goals on the year while conceding only 6.

Switzerland County finishes seventh in the state in Class 1A; and ended up being ranked No. 69 in Indiana, regardless of school size.

Individually, Halle Archer finished his junior season ranked 10th in Class 1A with 74 points scored. She registered 29 goals (two points each) and 16 assists (one point each). In terms of returning players (current juniors) for the 22-23 season, Archer ranks fourth overall; while for players finishing their first season this year and who will be in their second year next season, Lady Pacer Emma Parsons ranks third with 41 points (18 goals and five assists).

With the loss of just one senior — Dakota Richards — the pieces will remain in place for another stellar season to come next fall for the Lady Pacers.