FORT WAYNE — The end of a high school career comes for every senior.
The end came Thursday night for eight Columbia City girls’ soccer members.
After winning a definitive sectional opener over FW North Side 12-0, the Lady Eagles took on the tough task of playing another Fort Wayne team in the semifinal round, No. 8 Bishop Dwenger.
Led by Division I recruit Sarah Killion’s four goals, the Lady Saints beat Columbia City 5-0, advancing to the sectional championship versus Homestead Saturday.
“We knew this game coming in was going to be tough,” Columbia City head coach Nicole Gebfert said. “We played hard the whole 80 minutes. We never backed down, never gave up.”
The Lady Eagles faced a fundamental team in Dwenger that went on the attack early going up 1-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Saints looked to senior midfielder Sarah Killion for the rest of their offensive production.
Notching two goals in each half, Killion put Dwenger up 3-0 at halftime with a penalty kick.
Two more goals in the first 16 minutes of the second half gave Killion a hat trick plus one.
The Saints held Columbia City to just three shots on goal with none in the second half. Meanwhile, Dwenger scored its five goals on 21 shots.
After an 8-6 regular season record, the Lady Eagles finished the season going 9-7 in Gebfert’s first season as head coach.
“It was a learning experience for me as well,” Gebfert noted. “I hope to take the things I’ve learned from this season and move forward with that to build this program up. I think Columbia City has the potential to be a very successful program.”
The Lady Eagles say goodbye to eight seniors: Kayla Dunn, Corinna Raypole, Jessica Bickle, Michaela McIntosh, Cassie McFarren, Carrie Pequignot, Erica Spade, Jessica Nierman.
“I’m proud of them in everything they’ve done this year,” Gebfert said of her seniors. “It’s been an honor to coach them. A big senior class and a big junior class but those seniors were the heart and soul of it.”