The Cardinal Ritter Girls Soccer Team lost a tough one as they traveled to Lafayette to take on Central Catholic before rallying in the next two games to beat Beech Grove and Speedway to win the Indiana Crossroads Conference Title.
Last Saturday, the Lady Raiders lost 3-0 to a very good Lafayette Central soccer team that was ranked in the top 10 in the state; however, the way the game started was a sign of the game and sportsmanship that was displayed throughout the game from both teams. As the national anthem was about to be played, the sound system in the stadium had technical difficulties. The announcer apologized and was about to skip the anthem, but all the girls, starters and those on the bench from both teams, joined together and sang the national anthem. What a great moment, and those in attendance appreciated the gestures of the teams!
The girls played hard, and was unlucky not to score a couple of goals as balls banged off the crossbar and side posts. Plenty of energy was expended by the girls as they battled tooth and nail with a very well coached soccer team.
On September 24, the girls soccer team beat a stubborn Beech Grove soccer team 3-0 at home. The girls controlled most of the game, but had problems finding the back of the net.
With an early goal by Emma “Lights Out” Litzelman, the team only held a 1-0 lead at the half. The team came out in the second half with a much more determined approach but still had difficulty finding the net until Rayne Foy and Megan Westrick sealed the victory with a goal each.
Another stong defensive effort was put forth by the starting trio of Meghan “Sure Shot” Sandifer in goal, with Melisa Matthews, Anna Kokosa, and Megan Westrick in front of her.
Team effort, heart, and hustle was on display once again.
The team followed that up by travelling to Speedway the next day to try and seal the ICC and secure an undefeated season in conference play. The girls soccer team defeated arch-rival Speedway High School 1-0!
Cardinal Ritter controlled the game from the onset, but couldn’t break through a tough Speedway defense. Finally, late in the first half, Jordan Hinkle shot the ball and it found it’s way to the back of the net after a deflection off of a Speedway defender.
A very controlled game was displayed by the team, despite losing team captain Litzelman to a head injury late in the first half.
All players stepped up and maintained a steady hold on the game, with Sandifer registering yet another shutout.
With that win, the Raiders won the Indiana Crossroads Conference with a 6-0 record!