LVS drops first game of season 4-2
Host national rival, Ursuline at home
The Lady Vikings opend the season a bit slower then expected on Thursday night. The defending state champion, Ursuline Bears, handed the Lady Vikings a 4-2 loss at Doskocil Stadium.
A double header, starting with Viking JV Football turned to the feature match of the evening with the nations top women's soccer rivalry in high school soccer. Nolan and Ursuline have met 16 times in the state championship with Ursuline winning all 16 of them for a total of 26 with Nolan at 4.
"What a better way to start the season then with Ursuline. We have so much respect for them...our rivalry and all the players and coaches that have been apart of this rivalry since 1990," mentioned LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald.
With just 14 minutes gone in the first half, the Lady Bears held a 3-0 lead. Shaky to say the least, the Lady Vikings started 3 freshman including 3 other players that got to experience this incredible rivalry for the first time tonight.
The Bears were able to extend the lead just into the second half with a bomb from distance from midfielder, Kylie Dobbs.
The Lady Vikings would not go away and continued to press on and with just about 10 to play they were able to get on the board with a very nice build up goal by Abby Geiser and just before the final horn sounded, the cut the Ursuline lead in half on a goal from freshman, Avery Hutka. That goal marked the first career high school goal for Hutka.
Geiser lead the way for the Lady Vikings with 4 shots, next in line were newcomers, Mya Ulloa and Laci Earixson both with 2 shots. Freshman goalkeeper, Alle Steining had 18 saves.
The Lady Vikings return home on Monday against Bishop Dunne.
Fitzgerald on his overall feeling of the evening Ursuline scored 2 world class goals tonight but so did we. I have been a part of a lot of amazing teams here at Nolan Catholic but last year and this years team have some really grit and fight to them and they just won't give up. Tonight I saw something different from our group. We have something here for sure.