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October 30, 2013

Girls soccer: Southern Columbia blanks Troy to advance to District 4 Class A championship game

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"Assists are always good. I like to get them because it shows that you were working (as a team)," said Bzdak. "Obviously, you're usually not going to get a goal without an assist."

Southern fired 17 shots on Troy (16-5) goalkeeper Taylor Johnston in the first half, with no less than seven different girls taking at least one shot apiece on goal in the opening half of play.

After all of those shots it seemed like the Tigers would only get those two goals, but Bzdak made it 3-0 with 2:15 left to play in the first half when she cleaned up a loose ball in front of the net.

"That (goal) was pretty big. A (2-0 lead) is a good lead, but if Troy gets one goal you're at a one-goal difference again," said Bzdak. "To get that third goal is definitely comforting. It was just off a corner and we were in front of the box. The ball bounced off a couple of people and I was the last to get it and touch it in."

Southern finished its dominating performance with 33 shots and 11 corner kicks, and sophomore goalkeeper Abbey Herr only needed to make one save to get the shutout for the Tigers.

Herr's counterpart, Taylor Johnston, kept the score from being much worse by making 18 saves for Troy, which was held to a single shot and one corner in the entire game.

"Anything high (Taylor) was stopping. She's very good in the air," said Southern coach Derek Stine. "We had a lot of shots, but they weren't hard shots, and we were a little soft tonight as far as the shooting goes.

"A win is a win and we made it to the district final. We haven't been there since 2002, so that kind of feels pretty good," added Stine.

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