The Lady Red Hawks established this year’s team as the most successful in the school’s 6 year history by earning their 1st ever trip to Sectionals. With Tuesday night’s 6-2 win at Columbia Central, Stewarts Creek earns a berth in Thursday’s Region 4-AAA Final against Oakland and a trip to Sectionals on Saturday where they will compete for a spot in the State tournament.
Stewarts Creek controlled this game from the opening whistle by possessing the ball and being rewarded with several goal scoring opportunities throughout the opening half of play. The game remained scoreless until the 19th minute of play, when Annie Warner’s cross from the right side end line found Delaney Mitchell in front of goal for the 1st time finish and a 1-0 Creek lead. A minute later Olivia Marlow found the back of the net from just outside the top of the penalty area, this one being set up from a pass by Delaney Mitchell and giving the Lady Red Hawks the 2-0 advantage. In the 35th minute Annie Warner scored after being played in by a Lexie Davis through ball over the top of the Lady Lions defense making it 3-0 Creek. In the 39th minute Olivia Marlow scored again, this time off a ball that rebounded off the keeper to provide a 4-0 halftime lead.
In the 2nd half Stewarts Creek scored 2 more goals very quickly. In the 42nd minute Grahm Bellenfant played Delaney Mitchell in for her 2nd goal of the game and a 5-0 Stewarts Creek lead. In the 48th minute Delaney Mitchell completed her hat trick on a quick finish from an Olivia Marlow pass brining the lead to 6-0. With the game in control, Stewarts Creek played their roster and finished the rainy night with the 6-2 victory and spot in the Region final.