The Lady Raiders Girls Soccer Team took part in the City Tournament this past weekend, and had great success. They started off with an early match against Herron High School on Saturday. The girls came out with intensity, and possessed the ball for the majority of the game. Emma “Lights Out” Litzelman had 2 goals and an assist, while Stephanie Molina-Pavon and Caitlin Brown-Bravo added a goal each, and Jordan Hinkle added another assist. Unfortunately, the girls were not able keep a clean sheet at Herron had a great shot from outside the penalty area that found the side netting to make the final score 4-1.
The Lady Raiders then faced off against Covenant Christian at 7 pm Saturday night in the quarterfinal match. These two teams have a long history of back and forth matches, so it was always going to be a tough game. Again, the Raiders came out aggressive and possessed the ball for the majority of the game. They struggled to find a scoring opportunity due to the skilled defense and goalkeeper for the Warriors until late in the first half when Litzelman found Stephanie Molina-Pavon for the game winning goal. The 1-0 score line at the half would end up being the score line at the end of the match as well, as the defenses of both teams fought hard throughout the second half to deny all goal scoring opportunities.
Advancing to the semifinal match on Monday, the Lady Raiders went up against a very skilled side in the Cathedral Irish. Injuries sustained from the Saturday matches depleted the Raiders’ bench, and really challenged them to play hard without many substitutes as options. They fought hard and had a great look on goal around halfway through the first half as Molina-Pavon was able to pick up a rebound from the Irish keeper, but the keeper was very skilled and her lightning quick reactions were able to deny Molina-Pavon’s attempt. Defensively, the Raider’s back line of Anna Kokosa, Megan Westrick, Melisa Matthews, and Izzy DeCesare were able to deny many Irish attacks until there were only 5 minutes left in the first half. Unfortunately, the exhausted Lady Raiders fell 6-0.