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Soccer season lives on for Sacred Heart. With a pair of Saturday shutouts, both the Lady ‘Saders and the Crusaders are bound for the final four of the Class 1A/2A/3A playoffs. 

Sacred Heart Lady ‘Saders 3, Clarkdale 0

It took just six minutes for the Lady ‘Saders to set the tone and show that, again, they’re built for these moments. Lauren Jones found Jessica Hyde on a crosser, and Hyde headed it in for her 13th goal of the season.

Clarkdale had no answer. Not even in the second half, which is where Sacred Heart tacked on two more goals. 

In the 50th minute, Olivia Ware scored off a Gracie Falla assist. Twenty-five minutes later, Falla put one in the back of the net. Sacred Heart coach Joe Falla Sr. takes comfort in knowing this is not a one-dimensional team. 

“The beauty of everything is there’s not just one scorer,” Falla said. “Anybody can score, and that’s the beauty of this team.”

Falla’s Lady ‘Saders have won 10 in row, and they’re now just two shy of capturing a fourth straight state championship.

“We work hard through the whole season for this time right now,” he said. “We peak at the right time. The last two playoff games we’ve played were excellent, and that’s where I want them to be. Today they showed, yes, we’re ready to play in the big league.

“They know how to get there and know they can get it done.”

The Lady ‘Saders will host St. Patrick next week for South State. 



Sacred Heart Crusaders 1, Franklin County 0

After having shot after shot either get saved or go wide, the Crusaders broke a scoreless tie in the 76th minute. Gabe Naquin played the role of hero and found the elusive back of the net.

“He [Naquin] has been hot here lately,” Sacred Heart coach Joe Falla Jr. said. “We’ve been trying to find some way to get the ball in the back of the net, and I think he’s my guy.”

Falla called Franklin County’s goalkeeper, Colby Guice, the best they played against all year long. 

“We were just trying to get it in either way,” Falla said. “I’ll take a 1-0 win all day long.”

The Crusaders will travel to St. Patrick next week for South State.