Ladies of the Second Team Fighting Saints fall to 3-2-2 with loss to Holton-Arms
In a heartbreaking defeat, the Fighting Saints of the Lady's Second Team fell 0-3 to Holton-Arms. From the first whistle Holton-Arms threw "haymakers" and landed two quick body shoots with two quick goals in the first 10 minutes of play. But the Saints side showed grit and determination, putting heavy pressure on the H-A side. But the Home side netted a third goal past the Saints' side. The final whistle of the first half saw the Second Team down by three but ready for the challenge of making the comeback in the second half.
From the sounding of the second whistle, the Saints' side was on the front foot, pouring on the pressure. In the 48th minute Wingback Sarah Spalding was fouled at midfield. Stepping up to take the free-kick, Ellery Johnson hit the ball out to right wing where Grace Elling received the rock, and immediately came under pressure just outside the H-A penalty area. Coming in support and rescuing the ball from the other team, Elliot Desautels, in a questionable call, was flagged for off-side. This call drew the frustration and ire of Coach Rodney Jones, who was immediately shown the red card for his outburst.
With 20 minutes left in the fixture, Communications Director, Mrs. Jen Desautels steps in to coach the Second Team. Without a coach, the Second Team played with fire and determination and finished Strong.
Game Ball and Player of the Match, of course, go to Jen Desautels. Her stepping in saved the ability of the Saints to continue match play in regulation. The Golden Boot goes to the entire roster, from top-to-bottom. When faced with adversity and with the shadow of Coach Jones' poor behavior, the Ladies showed nothing but class and finished the game, playing, maybe, harder than they have played all season.
Now the side has nearly two week's of to prepare for the next match, rest, and nurse injuries.
Thanks again for the support of parents and students.