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JV Saint Tie NCS In A Hard Played Match

Coach Rodney Jones
JV Side Ties National Cathedral At Home In A Slug Fest of a Match
In a match that can only be characterized as a seesaw, the Ladies of the Fighting Saints JV side tied the ladies of NCS.  From the outset of the match the side, joined by guest ballers Grace Elling and Jamie Hodgkinson, started on the front foot, immediately putting pressure one NCS' back line.  NCS pressed back just as hard and opened the tally sheets with an early goal.  But not to be denied the Saints poured in the equalizing goal on a line-breaking pass from Elliot Desautels to guest striker Grace Elling, who netted the rock past the NCS keeper.  Not wasting any time in ringing up a go-ahead goal, Morgan Neilson broke the line with a beautiful ball over the top to find a sprinting Elliot Desautels for the finish.  But not to be out done, NCS blasted the equalizer past a diving MacKenzie Allen.  The Saints and NCS went into the half with the match all square at 2 goals a piece. 

In the early minutes of the second frame, Elliot Desautels rang up the side's third finish on a follow-up ricochet off the NCS keeper.  And again, NCS scored an equalizer to square the match up at three goals a piece.  But not wanting NCS to have the last word, Ellery Johnson, in her signature fashion, put away a high arcing shot over the keeper's out-stretched arms from 40-yards on a free kick given for a foul on Sarah Spalding.  However, that would not be the last word.  With less than five minutes remaining, NCS sneaked one past the Saints defense to square the match at four goals a piece, and the final whistle would blow with the side all square. 

The player of the match goes to Elliot Desautels with a brace of goals and an assist to top it off.  A special "Big Up" goes to our guest players Grace Elling and Jamie Hodgkinson who "balled" out of control in their JV debuts.  We hope to see more of them.  Want to give honorable mentions to Gracie Hunsicker and Sarah Spalding for stepping in on defense and putting in respectable shifts.  I want to praise the entire team for taking this match seriously. From the warm-up all the way to the final whistle the side was locked in.  This match showed their ability to possess the ball and to find passes to break the lines.  I could not be more proud of the play.  

And as always, thank you to the parents and students for coming out and supporting the side.
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