STC/EM traveled to Waverly to take on #1 Waverly in the second round of regionals. ST/EM started the game with Hannah Keckler in goal, Cynthia Lares, Kristi Lasley, Courtney Ceaser, Sam Earley, and Mona Nunez in defense, Araceli Angel, Dani Stubbs, Kylee Hoskins and Kloey Fairall in mid-field, with Socorro Mendoza up front. Temps were in the low-80's with wind out of the south, cloudy and a threat of rain.
This was a make-shift lineup in the defense, as the team was missing three starters. The people in the defense line were for the most part mid-fielders, or first timers. This had nothing to do with the outcome, but at the same time, was a learning curve for all.
Waverly came out, and quickly took control, and showed why they are #1 in Class 2A. Waverly used their speed, size and passing all evening to keep the ST/EM team off balance and reacting instead of controlling. Waverly scored in the 4th minute on a nice setup from a corner, a theme that was to repeat itself during the game.
In the 6th minute, ST/EM was called for a handball in the box, and Waverly was up 2-0 at that point. At the 10 minute mark, Waverly scored again, and at the 15 minute mark, again from a corner to make it 4-0. ST/EM tried to make a game of it, and had a couple of good attacks, pushing into the Waverly end, but at the 26 minute mark, on a quick counter-attack, the speed of Waverly came into play, and it was 1 vs. 1 with the ST/EM goalie, and the Waverly player scored to make it 5-0 at that point. Waverly scored two more times before the half, again one coming from a corner, and the other from a shot outside the box that the ST/EM goalie could not see.
The half-time score 7-0, with rain falling
Waverly came out in the second half with the intent to get the game over quickly. ST/EM was not going to let that happen. For the next twenty minutes, Waverly would get the three goals they needed to make the final score 10-0. ST/EM played hard, but Waverly showed the difference in the programs at this point in time. The Waverly girls have played together long enough that they know where people are going to be without looking, and the passing combos were crisp and sharp. Where ST/EM would get 2-3 passes in a row, Waverly would do 6-7.
I am very proud of the effort the ST/EM player gave on this evening. They never gave up and fought to the best of their abilities. The season is over for the team, but this team has improved from game to game. STC/EM has a record of 4-15 is the best we have had in the past couple of years. Scoring 23 goals is the best in 5 years. Thirty-eight players out at the end of the season was also a best for the program. Two players going on to play at the next level is a first. So all in all, was a good season for the team and the program. As a coach I am very much looking forward to next season and what it will bring and will very much miss the leadership of three seniors, Araceli Angel, Sam Earley, and Hailee Weiss. All three have played since freshmen, and Hailee Weiss played in over 5000 minutes of action over the four years. Sam Early set a school best in goal playing over 4800 minutes, and Araceli played in 139 halves over her career.