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Girls’ soccer falls to Magnus, but makes good on promise to coach

 

The story of Tuesday’s semifinal loss to Albertus Magnus begins with the second game of the season against John Jay-Cross River.

The eventual league champion, John Jay-Cross River is a perennial powerhouse and the Lady Gaels were having some doubts.  So coach Matthew Tieber took his team into the St. Mary’s Chapel and asked them for whom or what they were playing.  Collectively, the girls decided that the 2012 season would be played for friends, family and Catholic identity.  And they made their coach a promise…

“That any team that plays us never forgets the name Kennedy,” Tieber said.

Following a hard fought, semifinal showdown that past quadruple overtime into penalty kicks, the Falcons of Albertus Magnus will certainly never forget these Lady Gaels, nor will the fans who watched Kennedy battle for three hours in the cold and dwindling light.  After Courtney Araujo ’15 knotted the score at one apiece off an assist from Victoria Lange ’14, the two teams played to a standstill through two 10-minute and two five-minute overtime periods.  It would take penalty kicks to decide this one, and Lady Gaels lost 4-3 on the final kick of the game.

“On Tuesday, they lived up to that promise,” Tieber said.

The girls’ soccer team finished 9-2-5 and second to John Jay-Cross River, whom they tied, 3-3, that day back in September.  Tieber said the duo of Jolynn Magnani ’15 and Leah Greene ’14 was fastest forward combination in the Section and praised Kerri Durkin ’13, Kiera Hennessy ’14 and Daniella Petrullo ’14 as the leaders of a staunch defense that posted six shutouts on the season, including two in the playoffs.

Congratulations to the Lady Gaels on a great game and outstanding season.

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