Lady Ballers of JV Soccer Notch 3 in the Win Over Flint Hill
Coach Rodney Jones
In another strong performance, the Fighting Saints of the Ladies JV Soccer Team prevail over Flint Hill School.
After a 3-3 tie against Bishop Ireton, the Fighting Saints came loaded for bear and ready to hunt. But the Lady Huskies of Flint Hill had other plans. The Flint Hill side frustrated the Saints' relentless attack and even surprised their defense a few times. However, the first-half goalkeeping of MacKenzie "Mac" Allen was flawless, repelling the few opportunities that the Huskies managed to create. After 25+ minutes on the front-foot, the Saints finally notched the first goal of the fixture. Lydia Penkiunas rang up the first tally on a splendid pass from Elliot Desautels that froze the Flint Hill keeper in her tracks. That would be the only goal of the first half.
In the second-half, the Saints shook up the line-up. Sarah Spalding led the attack at the nine, Madeleine Moore dropped in at the attacking midfielder, Elliot Desautels headed out to the left flank, and Catie Poersch stood tall between the posts. The Lady Saints started the half on the front foot and never looked back. For the first 22-minuntes of the half, the Saints took 12 shoots on frame. The Saints continued to pour on the pressure. With a high defensive line and a high-pressing midfield/striker quintet, the Saints side only gave the Lady Huskies three clear opportunities in the Saints defensive third. However, Catie Poersch made three amazing diving and sliding saves to keep a clean-sheet for the Saints' side. With time dwindling, the Saints finally broke it open. In the fixture's 62nd minute, Maddie Moore slid a slow-rolling dribbler past the Huskies' keeper after driving hard to the goal from the left corner of the penalty area. Lydia Penkiunas served Maddie an excellent feeder, in-stride, to set up the second goal of the match. Four minutes later, Morgan Nielsen dropped a one-touch dime in the upper right corner of the goal off a perfect pass from Maddie Moore.
This week's "Player of the Match" will be shared by the goalkeeping tandem of MacKenzie Allen and Catie Poersch, with a combined total of seven saves. This "Golden Boot" award for this match goes to the attacking tandem of Maddie Moore and Lydia Penkiunas, with one goal and one assist a piece. The "Sheer Guts" prize goes to Morgan Nielsen, who left the match in the first-half with a migraine headache but returned to put away the final dagger of a goal before the final whistle. Finally, this week's "Coach's Choice" award goes to Haleyna Clark for an amazing shift at center-back.
Again, thank you to the parents and students that came out to support the side.