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Girls Soccer finishes season 2nd in the state

Girls Soccer at States

 

Strong winds were a factor in Sunday’s Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) state final at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. But unlike it had during an unprecedented season that saw the Lady Gaels take home the first true girls soccer City Championship in CHSAA history, the wind did not blow in Kennedy’s favor.

The girls soccer team

fell to St. John the Baptist, 2-1, in what coach Matthew Tieber knew would be a battle.

“Saint John the Baptist is a very strong team,” Tieber had said just prior to Sunday’s title game.”

The Lady Gaels had continued their magical run the day prior with a 3-0 victory over Nardin Academy of Buffalo, N.Y. Leah Greene ’14 had two goals on the afternoon, the first off an assist from Ellen Spillane ’14. Jolynn Magnani ’15 rounded out the scoring in Saturday’s semifinal.

“We were happy to beat Nardin,” Mr. Tieber said.  “They were a very skillful team.”

That win earned the Lady Gaels a trip to the CHSAA state final on Sunday.  But in a season where Kennedy scored an incredible 92 goals, while giving up only 5, the Lady Gaels needed 94 to bring home a state title.

Still, it was an incredible  season that saw the girls earn the top postseason seed, rise above Christ the King for the City Championship, and push St. John the Baptist to the brink in finishing second in the state.

“Of course it hurts to have made it this far and come up a few goals short,” Mr. Tieber said in reflecting on the season. “But very few coaches and players have the opportunity to compete for a state championship.  We did, and have a season and a team to be proud of.”

Photos by Mrs. Kathleen LangeGirls Soccer vs. Nardin 001 Girls Soccer vs. Nardin 002

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