Regular Season Opens on the Road; LVS comes up short
Starting off the season with 2 teams that have matched up 15 times in the State Championship game was a treat for the limited fans that were in attendance. A perfect evening for soccer saw a match that included just about everything. End to end action, intensity, quality play from both sides and goals, lots of them.
The Lady Vikings took an early lead in the 14th minute that was a mirror image of the goal that sent Nolan Catholic to the State Championship match last year. Junior, Avery Hutka intercepted an Ursuline pass just outside the 18 and battled to get a shot off right into the far post for a 1-0 lead.
Head coach, Jay Fitzgerald mentioned, "Even though the goal was a great individual effort from Avery, that was a team goal."
The Lady Bears evened the game a little while later before the half ending a very dynamic half of soccer from both sides. The second half ended up a little lopsided, advantage Ursuline. The Lady Vikings took the lead again by Olivia Tankersley, off a rebound on a corner.
With just about 19 minutes to play, the Lady Bears were not going to go down without a fight equalizing and adding 2 more goals in the final 14 minutes of play.
"The game saw a lot of good moments and but we do have sort out the overall management that led to not so good moments, but it is game 1 out of 30 and I am happy with who we are," Fitzgerald commented.
Despite giving up 4 goals, junior captain, Alle Steining had a solid performance in goal as much as she would like some of those back, she is one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the area.
The Lady Vikings started 2 freshman and played a total of 5 underclassmen in the match, so exciting future moving forward.
The road swing continues on Thursday night at Prestonwood as district play begins. Kick-off is set for 7:00pm.
In the meantime, the JV goes on the road TONIGHT to take on Bishop Dunne and return home on Wednesday night against Texas Storm.