October 27, 2012

Mishawaka Marian Captures First Girls Soccer State Title
In a rematch of last year’s Class A state championship, it was Mishawaka Marian turning the tables  on defending champion Providence with a 2-0 victory for its first girls soccer championship.

Offensively, both teams were evenly matched as Marian took 12 shots to Providence’s 11 but the Knights were able to capitalize on their chances. They opened the scoring in the 10th minute of play with a goal from sophomore DJ Veldman who buried a shot after an assist from sophomore Shannon Hendricks. Their second goal came in the 30th minute when a perfectly placed free kick from Hendricks found the back of the net.

Marian, under the direction of head coach Djamel Charmet, finishes its championship year with a record of 18-4-2. Providence, coached by Dave Smith, finished its season with a 14-5-3 record in the school’s second straight state finals appearance.

Erin Duncan of Providence Named Mental Attitude Award Winner
Erin Duncan of Providence High School was named winner of the 2012 Mental Attitude Award for Girls Class A Soccer by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.

A member of the National Honor Society, Erin is ranked first in her class. She is a Student Ambassador, Eucharistic Minister, and president of the Spanish Club.

Duncan is a three-year starter at midfield for the Pioneers. In her time on the pitch, she has helped lead Providence to back-to-back state finals appearances including the 2011 title.  She also plays basketball and runs track.

She is the daughter of Elaine and Jerry Duncan of Sellersburg. 

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a scholarship check for $1,000 to Providence High School in the name of Erin Duncan. Since 1989, more than $785,000 in college scholarships have been presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to deserving high school students in Indiana.