A Review of the Past Week in Providence Academy Athletics
PA Athlete Spotlight: Sofia Caballero
This week, we want to take some time to highlight a player who has had an exceptional performance this season. Senior, Captain Sofia Caballero is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals to her name this season. Her hat trick on Tuesday tied her for 15th place in goals scored this season across all girls soccer in Minnesota. She claims 2 assists on the season as well, coming in 2nd place for assists for Providence.
Her leadership and presence on and off the field will be missed next year as she will continue her exceptional play in college and represent St. Thomas University as they move up to a DI program.
PA bounced back at home on Thursday with a convincing 6-1 victory over New Life Academy.
After losing a hard fought conference and section match on Tuesday at St Paul Academy, the team was hungry for a win.
“St Paul Academy is always very tough competition and we played very well, though the scoreboard may not reflect how close the overall match actually was. We lost a couple third set tie breakers and had some other winnable matches in both singles and doubles. I think the team was really eager to get back out there vs New Life and it showed.”
In Thursday’s match vs New Life Academy, PA swept the doubles and won three of the four singles spots. The combinations of Lisey Langhus/Emma Speier, Ella Flynn/ Marie Heyday, and Leightyn Farrell/ Libby Bruce all won their doubles matches in straight sets. Captain Annika Harberts Ott, Katelyn Clements, and Koral Horstman earned victories in each of their singles positions. Captain Oliva Eck lost a hard fought match at 2nd singles.
“The team showed character and much needed grit vs New Life Academy. Our two captains, Ani Harberts Ott and Olivia Eck each played 2.5 hr matches at 1 & 2 singles. Ani competed well and toughed it out in a 3rd set tiebreak. Though Olivia fell short, she once again showed how much she’s improving with each match and leads by example with an outstanding level of effort and sportsmanship.”
Up Next: PA has it’s last two regular season matches next week vs Holy Family Catholic and Minnehaha Academy before entering the section tournament.
The Lady Lions had a full week with 2 games and a full training schedule. On Tuesday, the Lions hosted Mounds Park Academy. The Lions came out on top racking up four goals and holding Mounds Park Academy to one lone goal. Junior Mary Rillens Lee kicked off the party by lasering a ball into the back of the net off of a corner kick served up by Freshmen Avery Lampe. Less than two minutes later the Lions struck again as Senior Sofia Caballero put her head on another Lampe corner kick and put the Lions up 2-1 at the half. In the 2nd half the Lions looked to keep the high energy they had in the first half. Freshman Inga Nelson made a full field run and was fouled inside the box drawing a penalty kick that was put away handley by Senior, Sofia Caballero. To round out the game Caballero found the back of the net for the third time that night, giving her a hat trick.
The defense comprised of Sophomore Rylie Schoenfelder, Junior Elanore Young, Junior Kristin Welch and Junior Mary Rillens Lee thwarted any attack Mounds Park academy mounted and Sophomore goalkeeper Grace Counts locked down the goal. The Lions geared up on Wednesday for their conference face off against The Blake School on Thursday. The Lions fell to the Blake Bears 9-0 on Thursday evening.
Up Next: The Lady Lions take a road trip on Tuesday, September to face off against St. Paul Academy!
The past week, boys soccer put together two solid performances. The first resulted in a decisive win and the second in an unfortunate 0-1 loss.
Last Saturday, Lions overwhelmed Rockford in a 5-0 loss, which could have easily become more lopsided. Sam Schroeder started and ended the scoring with two goals. Other scorers were newcomer 9th grader, Roy Kyle, with a beautiful long shot, Matt Wooden and JP Luedke. Ben Martin in goal got his first shutout. Paul Pellegrene and Ryan Hutt were stellar at center back. The game was marred with a multi-person fight that saw two players from each team sent off. It was a bad taste after a resounding performance.
“We were better in every department, even though Rockford had decent players. We played defense as a team and moved the ball together,” quoted Coach Lev Buslovich.
The Monday game was against a much tougher opponent in Mound Westonka, but the Lions controlled 75% possession and created far more chances. “Soccer is a cruel game. You can dominate the play and create many chances, but still lose off a few counters”, lamented Coach Buslovich. “Sam Schroeder even created a penalty kick, but you have to score those to make it count. Luck was not with us despite playing great. It’s very disappointing because the boys really put in the hard work and did 95% of what was needed. We just didn’t have the finishing punch and luck on our side tonight. I know they deserved a better result.”
Up Next: The Lions host St. Paul Academy on Tuesday, September 29
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