The La Porte girls soccer team had the unenviable task of facing the No. 2 team in the whole country, according to, on its home field, and Mother Nature had a little mercy on the Slicers.

The Class 3A Penn Sectional final on Saturday night was called with 15 minutes remaining due to lightning and rain with the host Kingsmen up 7-0, and that was the final.

Penn has been ranked No. 1 in polls this season with a 19-0-1 record, but is currently No. 2.

“Penn is pretty unbelievable in all areas,” La Porte coach John White said. “It seemed like an insurmountable object in our way, but their team is something our girls should aspire to and learn from. It was an honor to have them in our sectional and face them in the final.”

The Kingsmen scored four goals in the first half and three more before the game was called. Kristina Lynch led Penn with a hat trick (three goals) and an assist, while Brooke VanDyck added two goals.

“The weather kind of took away from our game, but both teams played in it,” White said. :Our girls played them hard and never gave up.”

It was the last game for nine Slicer seniors — keeper Rylee Penziol, forwards Estefania Cervantes and Stephanie Salgado, midfielders Jacqueline Leal, Madison Pierro and Emily Osowski, and defenders Jasmin Robles, Tabitha Ramirez and Violeta Belgara.

Despite that large contingent of departures, White sees a bright future.

“We’re young with a lot of sophomores playing for us this season,” he said. “We’re going to get better.”

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