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2nd Team Showed Up and Show Out at the Seminary Hill Cup

Coach Rodney Jones
The 2nd Team Post a Resounding Victory At EHS
The Saints of the 2nd Team helped "Keep The Cup" with a decisive win at the 2021 Seminary Hill Cup.  From the first whistle, the Fighting Saints came out swinging. In the first nine minutes they pressed and pressed keeping the Home side on the back foot.  They pressed high and in the 10th minute it paid off.  Morgan Neilsen, fresh off a two week stint on the injury list, intercepted a free kick from the Episcopal keeper and hit a strike with her left foot that found the back of the net.  Three minutes later Morgan would find Maddie Moore on the right side of the penalty area from where she launched a precision-guided strike over the out-stretched hands of the EHS keeper.  In the 25th min, after being called for a combined four off-sides fouls, Amaya Nicholls and Elliot Desautels paired up for an amazing sequence of cross-field passes that ended with a pass from Amaya across the mouth of the goal that Elliot put in the back of the net with a touch off her left foot.  The 2nd Team would stay on the front foot and manufacture several more excellent chances, but would go into the half with a 3-nil lead. 
 
In the second half, the Saints again came out on the front foot.  The high back line of Ellery Johnson and Lindaay Parsont then Claire Joiner and Lindsay kept the match in the EHS half.   In the 55th minute,  Ellery opened her ledger with a sneaky ball past the EHS keeper after receiving a throw-in asost from Sarah Spalding.  In the 58th minute, Ellery would again put ink in her ledger with a top shelf strike in the up corner of the frame after receiving a long aerial switch from Morgan Nielsen.   With the clock still running, reserve striker Catie Poersch opened her ledger for the first time this season with a sliding toe-poke to put away a brilliant pass from Sarah Spalding in the 57th minute.  In the 65th minute of the fixture, Ellery Johnson found the back of the net, again receiving another perfect throw-in from Sarah Spalding. At the final whistle, it was Saints 7, EHS nil, which netted the SSSAS cause 1 point.
 
This match was the best whistle-to-whistle performance the 2nd Team has mustered, and I couldn't be more proud.  First, a huge shout out to our varsity sisters who won a war of a match with the EHS' varsity side to "Keep The Cup".  Now for the 2nd Team superlatives. First, the "Powerhouse" award goes to Healey Cross.  Healey played the entire match and was a midfield wrecking crew -- a true difference-make.  The "Swiss Army Knife" award goes to Linday Parsont.  Lindsey stepped up and played in two different defensive positions and in the midfield, and she crushed it, especially during her shift as a center-back with Claire and Ellery.  The crown for "Assist Queen" will be shared between Sarah Spalding and Morgan Nielsen, both with a brace (2) apiece.  The "Goal of the Tournament" goes to Catie Poersch with her  amazing sliding, split legged, toe poke.  Meriel Irish gets the "Beast Mode" award for her fearless and courageous play as the left wingback and as the holding mid.  The Defensive Player of the match is Claire Joiner.  Claire held the back line together, which helped the side control the midfield and keep the match almost entirely on the front foot.  MacKenzie Allen pitched a flawless match between the pipes.  And finally, Ellery Johnson receives the "Golden Boot" for her hat trick and defensive work rate.  Ellery also received the "OMG, I Can't Believe That Happened" award for her PK attempt that found its way directly into the EHS keeper's hands.  From top to bottom, every young woman on the roster gave everything today and the results showed on the field. 
 
I want to thank all the parents that came out to support the fixture 
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