Lady Eagles shut out Bulldogs on senior night

Sep. 29—ZIONSVILLE — The Zionsville girls soccer team capped a successful regular season with a senior night win on Wednesday night.

The Lady Eagles topped Brownsburg 2-0, finishing the regular season 9-1-6 and 5-1-1 in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference.

"We wanted to finish on a good note," Zionsville head coach Ramon Aguillon said. "Looking at our last couple results, especially the Carmel one, we felt like we could get a little better result. It was great to win tonight. Everyone got an opportunity to play, we got to honor our seniors and finished second in the conference. It was a tremendous result."

The Eagles got goals from Karlie Johnson and Meg Jacklin in the game. Reese Nehlsen assisted Jacklin's goal.

Zionsville had won seven of eight games, along with a tie against Cathedral, heading into last week.

But they suffered their first loss in a 2-1 decision to No. 2 HSE and then tied No. 3 Carmel 0-0.

While neither result is bad by any stretch, Aguillon said it was good to get back on the winning track heading into the sectional.

"It always feels good heading into the sectional with a win," Aguillon said. "Everyone starts at the same spot next week at 0-0. Still, from a mental aspect we wanted to get a win and it being a conference match was even better."

Before the match, the Eagles honored their five seniors — Karley Johnson, Kelly Kaar, Reese Nehlsen, Molly Chisholm and Katie Chadwick.

Aguillon said they have been valuable parts of the program.

"The senior class is a very interesting mix," Aguillon said. "Katie Chadwick has been a four-year starter, which is quite an accomplishment and I am proud of her that. Then Karley and Reese have been key parts the last few years. Molly Chisholm came back after not playing last year and has contributed and Kelly Kaar stepped in and got her first career start and has played a role. They aren't the biggest class, but they have been really big contributors to the team."

Zionsville now starts preparation for the sectional.

They face Westfield on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Westfield. The two teams met on Aug. 31 with the Eagles winning 3-1, but Aguillon knows the sectional is different.

"We will look at the tape, and we won the first game 3-1, but we know there are no easy games in the sectional," Aguillon said. "Westfield has played well against some really good teams, and beat HSE during the year. We have to be ready to go and defensively, we have to make sure we don't make mistakes and keep balls away from our goal. Offensively we have to make sure we put our chances away."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.