Senior forward Shelby Mann scored two goals in a span of 1:27 in the second half to lead West Lafayette's girls soccer program to its first state championship.
After back to back season's of losing at semi-state, the Red Devils made sure their first appearance in the state finals would be a special one. West Lafayette and Gibson Southern were tied at the half but RDP made the necessary second half adjustments to cruise to the 2-0 victory.
It takes a special group to continue to respond after defeat and achieve the ultimate goal.
"Incredibly proud, a team that was so much fun to coach, so much fun to be around all season long, the girls worked incredibly hard, a team that was just together, unified, and they were a blast to be around as a coach. You want to be with a group like this. I think for West Lafayette girls soccer, we've been successful at several different levels but this is definitely the clincher here," said head coach Aaron Blessing.
While waiting to receive her state championship medal, senior Shelby Mann went down the line to give her teammates a hug one by one. An opportunity to say thank you for all there hard work.
"This year's team has been so special, I love every single girl on this team and I just feel like everybody stepped up and we put aside any ego's we had and we put it all together and we relied on one another. I just feel like this team is really special who's got a strong bond, I mean every girl deserved a hug after the game, it was just how i felt," said senior forward Shelby Mann.
West Lafayette (15-7) finishes the postseason having only allowed 2 goals to its opponents in seven games.
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