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Southwestern shuts out Oldenburg Academy for second-straight sectional championship

With a pair of goals from Aiden Hartsell, Southwestern repeated as soccer sectional champions Saturday on its home field.

Hartsell, the program’s career scoring leader, tallied goals midway through the first half to put Class A, No. 14 Southwestern up 1-0 on Oldenburg Academy. Conner Gooch was credited with the assist.

Midway through the second half, Hartsell got the insurance goal off an assist from Garreth Stringer to close out the scoring and secure the Spartans a second-straight regional appearance.

Eli Fix had six saves in goal for Southwestern.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association regional format has the Sectional 43 winner hosting the Sectional 44 winner in the semifinal round.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., Southwestern (10-4-2) will play at No. 17 Providence Cristo Rey (12-1). The winner advances to the regional championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Knightstown High School to face either Centerville (7-5-3) or No. 18 Cascade (11-5-1).

Providence Cristo Rey captured the program’s first sectional championship with a 1-1 (3-2 penalty kicks) win over No. 13 Lutheran in the semifinals and a 0-0 (6-5 penalty kicks) win over Covenant Christian in the championship.

Centerville defeated Knightstown, 2-1, in the Sectional 42 championship game. Cascade won 2-1 over Bethesda Christian in the Sectional 41 title tilt.

The Knightstown Regional champion advances to an Oct. 23 semistate championship game played at either Evansville North or Seymour.

The other half of the Class A southern Indiana bracket includes No. 8 Forest Park at No. 5 South Knox and No. 3 Providence at Southwestern (Hanover).

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