By Bob McBain
Head Girls Soccer Coach
ST/EM hosted Union on Tuesday, May 27th. ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal, Cynthia Lares, Haile Weiss, Sadie Kavalier, and Ericka Dunning in defense, Araceli Angel, Mona Nunez, Kylee Hoskins and Kloey Fairall in mid-field, with Dani Stubbs and Socorro Mendoza as forwards. The weather was sunny, with light wind out of North and game time temp in the 80's. Union lived up to their #4 ranking in the state in this game, but not before the ST/EM team gave Union a run for the money for the first 25 minutes. The ST/EM team played very aggressive, and kept the play in from of them and challenged every ball and pass, and this was something that Union was not use to. But the talent and speed of Union finally wore down the ST/EM team and one Union got the first goal, the momentum was all on Union side, and ST/EM could not get it back. Union scored in the 24th minute, and again in the 28, 29, 31, 33, 34 36 and 39th minute for a 8-0 half time lead. 7 of these goals came from the leading scorer in the state for girls soccer, Courtney Powell.
Senior Soccer players include Samantha Earley, Araceli Angel, Tess Christensen, Anna Jensen, Erin Filloon, Nicole Johnson and Hailee Weiss. The team celebrated Senior Night at their game against Union on Tuesday May 27.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham
The second half found the ST/EM team picking up the intensity, and for the first 10 minutes, controlled the action, but a foul in the box gave Union a PK which they converted for a 9-0 lead, and 5 minutes later, Union got the 10th goal for the final score of 10-0.
This was a game that showed we can play with a very good team, but also showed how a good team adapts and changes tactics when something does not work. We did a good job of marking Powell for the first 25, but then she broke loose, and we could not handle her, as a lot of teams have found out. This is a learning game, and we will use it to go into the first round of regionals on Friday, May 31, when we host CAL.
The JV played their final game of the season, and lost 10-0. The JV squad improved over the season, and had 3 wins and 2 ties. Was a good season for the JV squad, and will contribute next season.