It was clear after the opening minutes of the match that both teams had enough elite-level skills and power to rack up numerous goals, yet they also possessed impenetrable defensive lines. The result was amped up action in every corner of Schottzie Stadium, and dozens of spectacular individual efforts throughout the match. Today felt like a championship contest from whistle to buzzer.
Girls Soccer JV
The Lady Maroon Spartans traveled this past week to Seton and St. Ursula for their 7th and 8th road games of the year. The first was out to the Westside on Wednesday to take on Seton. I know folks say the Westside is the best side, I believe they are referring to the best side to get lost on. However, the Spartans would find the field, and they appeared ready to play from Jump Street. Kerianne White made some good runs down the left side early, crossing several balls into the box. One of which was a great scoring opportunity to Natalie Wilson who’s shot found the goalies hands. Ceci Malagari from her right back position found a streaking Natalie Wilson down the middle of the field, but she was shut down by a Seton defender.
Head Coach Jim Abend asked the Lady Spartans to dominate today. The JV Gold players responded with 17 shots on frame and held their opponents to just 3 shots in what became the Spartans third shutout of the season. The Eagles applied heavy pressure on the ball at every turn, so it was only through sheer grit and determination that the Spartans created so many scoring opportunities.
In what seemed a similar pattern for tied matches this season, Turpin held an early lead, conceded an equalizer, worked extremely hard to respond, but a game-winning goal proved elusive despite the Spartans controlling ball possession at midfield for two-thirds of the match.