Francesca Ledesma '15
Although the varsity girls' soccer season isn't over yet, one highlight game of the season so far is the 2-0 shutout against St. Francis in late December. The St. Francis Lancers have always been a tough competitor in both defense and offense, so the Wildcats were in for a challenge. However, the varsity girls went above and beyond; they put away two goals and prevented St. Francis from scoring, a feat they had never before accomplished.
SI went into this game missing a few top players and their assistant coach, yet if this fact hindered the team, it barely showed. The team played a phenomenal first half. Sophomore starter Veronica Alberts '16 noted, "The main reason we won was that we played like a team. We passed smoothly and communicated very effectively."
During the first 30 minutes, SI fought fiercely and gained control of the field. Soon enough, Mia Vernic '14 scored to put the Cats in the lead. Minutes later, Amanda Castillo ‘14 scored an amazing volley in the corner net to bring SI up to 2-0. “The shot was so flawless and so amazing. Amanda's goal gave the team the momentum we needed to win,” commented Soleil Brisbane ’14. Shortly after the second goal, senior Candy Janachowski '14 got injured, but the Cats kept up their aggressive play.
The second half became solely a defensive game. The Cats maintained their intense motivation from the first half and prevented St. Francis from controlling the game. The SI defense even stopped St. Francis' star offensive player Annie King- man, a regionally-ranked player and scorer of a record 10 goals in six games. "We came prepared," stated defensive player Madeliene Long '15. "We knew which players were threats, so we were able to hone in on their offense and thwart most of their threatening plays." The game finished off with the 2-0 score and another victory for the soccer ’Cats. Congratulations girls' soccer!
Lindsay Bettinger ‘14 prances gracefully.
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