Weekly Feature



2016-10-19 / Sports

Mt. St. Mary soccer heading to ‘A’ playoffs

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter

The Mount St. Mary’s soccer team is rolling heading into postseason play. The Thunder (9-3, 11-4-1) defeated Cardinal O’Hara and Niagara Catholic by a combined score of 10-1 last week to close the regular season in style.

The squad topped the Hawks 4-1 with two goals from McKenna O’Rourke and one each from Ruth Riggie and Leah Giles.

The Thunder then defeated Niagara Catholic 6-0. Grace Burich, Pagie Freer and Emma Mack each had one goal while Riggie had a hat trick.

The wins capped off a solid regular season which saw the Thunder capture the B Division title in Monsignor Martin. Mount St. Mary started the year playing a lot of smaller schools, which allowed the team to find some chemistry and timing before taking on the tougher competition.

“We started off with the B and C schools early in our schedule and then moved to the A schools,” Mount St. Mary Coach Marissa Dauria said. “It’s been a good balance. It helps us to see where we are in the lower games and it lets us build up our skill before we move onto the bigger games.”

The Thunder beat Mount Mercy for the first time since 2011 by a 2-1 score. The league losses came against Nardin, Nichols and Sacred Heart. The team won the Monsignor Martin B Division title, which means they’ll compete in the A Division playoffs for a chance to go to state playoffs.

The Thunder will take on Mount Mercy Thursday on the road. The team will be healthier than it has been all year.

“Tuesday was the first time we got everyone back,” Dauria said. “It was the first time we had a completely healthy roster all season. We’re lucky enough to have everyone feeling well heading into playoffs.”

After winning the B Division playoff championship last year, the Thunder had a goal of competing in the A playoffs this year. Now that the goal has been realized, the team is taking things one game at a time instead of looking for a new long-term goal.

“Going to states is a great goal to have but we want to take it one step at a time,” Dauria said. “We just want to get a win Thursday. Getting into the A playoffs was the goal. We want to beat Mount Mercy and get to the semifinals. If we get there, anything can happen. We know we’re capable of making it to the finals. This season we’ve been focusing on goals for a week or two weeks at a time. We don’t want to look too far ahead. We just want to win the quarterfinal game Thursday.”

email: tnigrelli@beenews.com

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