In a rematch of the 2009 state finals, Notre Dame turned the tables on Sacred Heart and pulled out a 2-0 victory Saturday night in the girls' KHSAA State Soccer Championships at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
Some of the players have changed since 2009, when Sacred Heart won 1-0 in a shoot-out. But the win was still sweet for the second-ranked Pandas.
"Totally different group," winning coach Sara Raaker-McSorley said. "But you know what? I think for those of them (from 2009) — I saw a lot of them in the stands today — I think they're pretty happy right now."
Notre Dame also won in 2004. The Pandas were runners-up three times.
Chandler Clark and Ellyn Abdelghany scored the goals Saturday in front of a crowd of 2,927.
Olivia Voskuhl got the shutout in net. "I'm honestly speechless," Voskuhl said. "This is the best team I've ever played with. We needed to get back at them from my freshman year."
Voskuhl was called on to make only one save, on a shot taken by Emily Epley.
Clark scored in the first half, at 25:52, by heading in a corner kick taken by Corinne Brown.
"I was in the box and somehow got a shot off there," Clark said. "And we just felt like we were going to finish off a corner because we finish off so many set pieces."
Notre Dame (24-3-0), winning its 16th match in a row, made it 2-0 with 10:41 left in the game. Abdelghany picked off a Valkyries pass, broke into the penalty box and fired from the right wing.
No. 12 Sacred Heart (13-11-3) came up short in a bid to win its fifth state title.
"It really hurts right now," Coach Chris Moore said. "But of all the teams I've coached, I'm so proud of this team. This is one of the most fun teams I've coached, and I couldn't be more proud of the way they pulled it together."
Sydney Scheben, who scored a pair of goals in Notre Dame's semifinal victory over West Jessamine, won the tournament MVP award.
"It's a nice honor," she said, "but I'm so happy how we won."
For the season, Notre Dame outscored its foes 113-15.
Notre Dame 2, Sacred Heart 0
Goals (assists) — ND: Chandler Clark (Corinne Brown); Ellyn Abdelghany. Goalkeepers — ND: Olivia Voskuhl; SH: Corinne Peabody.
Records — Sacred Heart 13-11-3; Notre Dame 24-3-0.