The Saints varsity girls soccer team won the ISL A Division Tournament Championship on Sunday November 4, defeating Bullis 1-0.
After going undefeated in the ISL A Division during regular season play (5-0-1) and tying Bullis, the Saints entered into the 2018 tournament with a share of the regular season title and the #1 seed.
The Saints controlled the tempo of the game through effective possession (60% possession), relentless defending to regain possession of the ball, and created numerous goal-scoring opportunities throughout the game. The lone goal was scored by freshman Sophia Southall (4 goals, 1 assist on the season) and assisted by freshman Tahirah Turnage (1 goal, 3 assists on the season). Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Smith played phenomenally in goal and recorded her 8th shutout of the season!
The win on Sunday marks the second time in four years that the Saints have won the ISL A Division Tournament Championship (the first time in 2015), but the first time in school and league history that they won a share of the regular season as well as the tournament. For the first time since the establishment of the ISL in 1985, the Saints will move up to the AA division for the 2019 season.
Head Coach Chris Arnold had this to say about the game and the season: "This type of season has been five years in the making. Going in to the season we were excited about the mix of veterans and young talent coming in to the program. We've shared stories with the current team about the student-athletes from the past who helped create the foundation for our strong team culture and style of play. We are so proud of this current group of student-athletes, especially our seniors, for leaving their historic mark on the program!"
The team finishes the year with a record of 9-3-2, which is the best record in the past ten years. Congratulations on a tremendous season Saints! #onesaint #saintspride