"I kept thinking it we could hold off a goal for five minutes, we would be ok, and we couldn't," Mullen said. "They scored that first goal, and we continued to shake."
Reese knew it too.
"To get the first goal was important," Bridgeport coach John Reese said. "Just because we have an experienced team playing against a very young team. If you get a young team down, and that's what our girls did, it's tough to come back on. They (Catholic) are so inexperienced."
Bridgeport scored three more times in the second half on a goal by Oliverio with 29:36 left, Reagen Marple added one at the 3:33 mark, and Tori Coulter finished off the scoring with 2:22 remaining in the game.
Despite the disappointing loss in the semi-finals, the future looks extremely bright for Catholic with nine freshmen on the team. The top three goals scorers on the team this season for the Irish were freshman in Dundervill, Peyton Keener, and Peyton Mullen.
"We are really looking forward to it," Dundervill said. "We have three years ahead of us. I think it's going to be a fun time. Hopefully we are able to get back to the state championship."
Fairmont Senior 2, PikeView 1 - In the other girls semifinal, it looked as if PikeView would advance to play Bridgeport in the championship game after leading Fairmont Senior late in the game.
The Panthers (16-5-2) controlled most of the game and led 1-0 when Fairmont Senior scored the equalizing goal by Brianna Woodburn with 9:43 remaining in the game, giving the Polar Bears new life.
The newly energized Polar Bears (15-8-1) kept pushing, and Ivey Nucilli scored the game-winning goal with just 3:52 left to send the Polar Bears to the championship game against Bridgeport, shocking Pikeview.
"I just knew they had it in their hearts to come back and win the game," Fairmont Senior Coach Debbie Cattafesta said. "They came into this game today wanting it more than anything than I've seen any group of girls want."
Disappointed and frustrated that his Panthers gave up the 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left, Pikeview Coach Sam Hill skipped out on the media session after the game.