HALF: St. Vincent 0, Principia 0
A defensive first half, to say the least. Principia had a little bit of the run of play early on, but didn't use it to get great looks. As the Indians settled in they began to control possession.
Still, St. Vincent managed just three shots in the first half. Principia is still waiting for its first official shot.
A Faith Kapp goal for St. Vincent was waved off in the 15th minute after she headed in a corner kick.
Here is St. Vincent's starting 11 and formation:
Here is Principia's starting 11 and formation:
Read my story on Notre Dame's 2-0 win over Duchesne HERE.
In the other Class 2 semifinal, Springfield Catholic defeated St. Pius X (Kansas City ) 3-1.
The Bulldogs will face the Irish in the Class 2 championship game Thursday at 2 p.m. The meeting is a rematch of an April 27 contest in the Notre Dame Showcase in which Springfield Catholic handed Notre Dame its only loss of the season, 1-0.
Next up is the Class 1 semifinal between St. Vincent (18-5-1) and Principa (14-5).
You can read my story on how the Indians got to this point HERE.
Follow me on Twitter at @semoballjosh for ongoing updates.
FINAL: Notre Dame 2, Duchesne 0
Bulldogs will play for a state title for just the second time in program history. Will face winner of Springfield Catholic and St. Pius X (Kansas City) at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Notre Dame iced things with a 65th minute goal from Bailey Beussink, assisted by Megan Heisserer.
Check back for a full story on Semoball.com.
In the 52nd minute, the Class 2 semifinal between Notre Dame and Duchesne has been delayed due to lightning. All fans have been asked to leave the stadium.
Here's what the sky looks like at 1:21 p.m., just a few minutes after the game was stopped.
The weather radar indicates a sizable storm is headed toward Kansas City, with a possibility of rain from 2-5 p.m.
The game may not resume until 30 minutes following the last lightning strike within 10 miles of the stadium.
Just prior to exiting the field, ND's Hanah Landewe was helped off the field after attempting to win an aerial ball in the 18-yard box. She appeared to be favoring her right leg.
Earlier in the second half, Duchesne's Mary Gould went down in some pain and walked off after attention from a trainer.
HALF: Notre Dame 1, Duchesne 0
In an equally played first half, the Bulldogs took advantage of opportunities, while the Pioneers did not. In fact, ND scored on its only shot of the half.
Notre Dame leads on a 19th-minute goal by Hannah Landewe, set up by Megan Heisserer.
The duo of attacking midfielder Emma Varrera and striker Maria Wilder have been very dangerous for Duchesne, and probably deserved a goal in the first half. Wilder missed good chances in the 18th and 25th minutes.
Unofficially, the Pioneers out-shot the Bulldogs 7-1 and won the corner-kick battle 5-4.
Notre Dame goalkeeper Abby Rollet had two saves; Duchesne keeper Payton Bodden had none.
Duchesne has as much speed as anyone ND has faced this year, and used it to cause some problems, especially through the first 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs began to attack the left wing, with Heisserer often drifting into space on the left and running at the defense. That created the lone goal, and set up a couple of chances for Notre Dame.
Here is Notre Dame's starting lineup and formation:
Here is Duchesne's starting lineup and formation:
I am at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri to cover the Class 1 and 2 Girls Soccer State Championships, which get underway today with the semifinals.
In Class 2, Notre Dame (21-1) faces four-time defending state champion Duchesne (12-10) at noon.
In Class 1, St. Vincent (18-5-1) takes on Principia (14-5) at 4 p.m.
The winner of each game moves into the championship matches on Thursday at 2 p.m. (Class 2) and 4 p.m. (Class 1).
The loser slides into the third-place games Thursday at 10 a.m. (Class 2) and noon (Class 1).
In today's other semifinals, St. Pius X (Kansas City) (19-6) and Springfield Catholic (19-4-2) play in Class 2, while Summit Christian (23-3) and Fatima (11-9) play in Class 1.
You can read my state preview story on the Notre Dame Bulldogs here.
Read about St. Vincent's climb to this point here.
And both programs are closely linked, which you can find out more about here.
Follow me on Twitter — @semoballjosh — for live updates from the game.
Other notes of interest:
— Springfield Catholic handed Notre Dame its only loss of the season
— St. Vincent sophomore forward Kalli Seabaugh will have a chance to watch her sister, Kayla Seabaugh, coach Springfield Catholic. The elder Seabaugh is an assistant with the Irish
— Principia fell in each of the last two sectionals to Saxony Lutheran, which won state championships in both 2015 and 2016
— Keep an eye on Notre Dame striker Megan Heisserer, who has 31 goals on the season and 64 in her career. Just a sophomore, Heisserer needs just four more goals to match the school record for career goals (and if she scores four this week, it probably means good things for the Bulldogs)