Waldorf’s Varsity Girls Soccer Team traveled to Staten Island Academy and were defeated 00-02.
“The loss evens our PSAA record to 2 wins and 2 losses for a total of 6 points in league standings,” said Coach LeSueur, “which – as of this date – puts us in fourth place.”
Waldorf represented themselves well from the opening whistle with outstanding goal keeping from senior Isabella Fraim and the back defensive line of senior fullbacks Zoe Bousraou, Anne Flomenhaft, senior co-captain and sweeper back Carolyn Smalls, and defensive stoppers junior Jaclyn Proctor and senior Sophia Trikas.
The midfield was ably handled by the skills of sophomore center midfielder Mikayla VerPault, senior co-captain Katarina D’Ercole and junior Ajanai Miller Rudolph. “These three players, who are the “engine room” for the team, deserve so much credit for the overall improvement in the level of play of the entire team,” said LeSueur.
Waldorf’s twin strikers juniors Sofia Trikas and Marianna Paone worked tirelessly up front but couldn’t quite crack Staten Island Academy’s defense.
“The 00-02 score is not truly reflective of the game action,” said LeSueur. The goals scored by Staten Island came against the “run of play.” With five minutes left to go in the first half, an SIA cross appeared to roll harmlessly across the face of the Waldorf goal. As the Waldorf defense stood and watched (thinking perhaps someone would clear the ball), a Staten Island Academy attacker poked the uncontested ball across the line.
The 00-01 score stood until the second half. Waldorf’s defensive backs thought the ball had gone over the endline but there was no whistle and play continued which enabled a forward from Staten Island Academy to strike a shot past freshman goalie Maria Golebiewski.
Coach LeSueur and Coach Kim (although never pleased with a loss) saw a lot of growth from individual players – especially senior defender Sophia Trikas and freshman substitutes Skyla Davis and Nyatasha Jackowicz.
Highlights of the game are the solid goalkeeping performance from senior Isabella Fraim who came out of the goal in the second half and proved herself as a valuable field player. Golebiewski showed she is more than capable of handling the goalkeeping chores – giving the coaches better options for future games. Senior Carolyn Smalls was once again a pillar of strength for Waldorf’s backline – and was ably assisted by the outstanding full game play of junior Jaclyn Proctor who put her stamp on the match.