The Cougars advanced to the district finals after a big win over Winter Haven.
Durant’s women’s soccer went 15-3 that year and advanced to the district championship after a 6-0 semi-final victory over Winter Haven on Monday night.
Durant controlled possession from the opening whistle and had a corner just two minutes after junior striker Rachel Horn ran up the right flank, but the Cougars couldn’t capitalize on it. . And in the fifth minute, Winterhaven were able to counter with their own chances despite Durant having a sizeable possession advantage, but the Cougars defense stood tall and was one of Winterhaven’s few meaningful runs that night. Quickly contained one of the most important offensive opportunities. Over the next 10 minutes, Durant had chances, shots by senior captain Catrin Levasseur and junior captain Cassidy Oliver turned away, and a shot by sophomore forward Mykala Ullrich rattled the post.
Durant was finally able to find the back of the net after 21 minutes as Ulrich ran up the right flank to lead the charge, but her attempted cross was only sent off the perilous path for a throw-in. rice field. Ulrich boxed the ball and rattled around the goal area before Horn finally cleared the chance and was able to give the Cougars a 1–0 lead.
Despite continuing possession in the offensive third for the remainder of the first half, Durant was unable to tackle another goal as the halftime whistle blew and the Cougars clung to a 1–0 lead.
Horn had another chance in front of goal early in the second half and the Winterhaven keeper saved the chance to keep the deficit at one for the time being, but Durant broke through again in the 49th minute. , Ulrich sent a beautiful cross into the box, narrowly past the outstretched legs of his waiting teammates, but Winterhaven failed to clear the ball collected at the top of the box by Oliver. Back in Ulrich, sent back to where freshman Addison Kapustyak gave the Cougars a 2–0 lead.
At that point, the floodgates opened for Durant’s offense. Freshman midfielder Kendall his Bisian added his third goal in the 52nd minute with a shot from the top of the box, followed by Ulrich’s goal in the 56th minute followed by a superb cross from the left by Bisian. Released and Horn scored the goal. in 60 minutes. With less than 15 minutes left on the clock, Levasseur sent the ball into the box, but Horn deflected it and hit freshman Emily Hein at the feet. A spot in the district final against Newsom on Wednesday.
Newsom is a familiar foe for Durant, and after ending the Cougars’ postseason run with a 2-0 win in last year’s district semifinals, the two teams split this year’s regular-season series, with Durant giving the Wolves a 3-0 win. 1 won. In early December, before losing 2–1 on 19 January.
Not only was Newsom a solid opponent, finishing the year with a 15-3 record, but Collins suffered an ACL injury against Steinbrenner on Jan. 13, which saw the Cougars cut Carly Collins and Emma Harnage. was forced to enter the competition without two strong starters. Harnage is prone to head injuries.