Trojans to face Cubs for crown: Center Grove, Franklin roll in soccer semis

Center Grove wasted no time getting its offense going during Thursday’s Class 2A girls soccer sectional semifinal at Franklin.

The 14th-ranked Trojans got three goals in the first 12 minutes en route to an 8-0 win against Whiteland.

Senior forward Jenna Linxwiler led Center Grove with three goals, and sophomore midfielder Hannah Johnson recorded two assists.

Trojans goalkeepers Jessica Humphrey and Sarah Butler combined for the shutout.

Center Grove moves on to play for its 16th sectional crown Saturday at 10 a.m. against tournament-host Franklin, which eliminated Martinsville 4-0 in Thursday’s other semifinal.

Despite Whiteland getting off just two shots on goal, Trojans coach Todd Sheely said he was impressed with how the Warriors never gave up.

“In the first couple of minutes, Whiteland made some mistakes in the back, and we made them pay,” Sheely said. “But they kept fighting. (Whiteland) coach (Katie Hartman) has done a great job getting those girls to believe in themselves.

“But I’m very pleased with our girls and the result.”

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