The MICDS girls soccer team took a little road trip Thursday. Suffice to say, few if any of the present team members have ever played on the pitch at the Midwest Sports Academy on Fyler Avenue in South St. Louis. No matter if it was strange surroundings, the Rams handed host St. Elizabeth’s Academy a mercy rule game shortened 10-0 loss.
The game ended at the 58th minute of the second half when Klasey Medelberg found the back of the Hawks's net for the 10th goal of the match.
MICDS showed good judgment and extra sportsmanship, making certain no player scored more than one goal in the game. In fact, defender Ellie Condie even got into the act with the fourth goal of the game.
Courtney Kaplan opened the scoring inside one minute of the start of the game. Claire Ringenberg rang up the second goal and Amber Jones’ third goal was a thing of beauty. She got the ball at midfield and galloped the rest of the turf unmarked by any defenders. All she had to do was drill the ball by goalie Bailey Valenti.
The game was so one-sided, St. Elizabeth never got the ball past midfield the entire second half. Almost 90 percent of the game was fought in the St. Elizabeth end of the field.
With that, the Rams have evened the record at 5-5. They have lost some tough battles to big powers like Webster Groves and Nerinx Hall. They lost two games on a spring break trip to Alabama with only 17 players along for the ride.
Goal keeper Campbell Torchin, who will attend college at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles is keen on this year’s team.
“We’re playing well and this is as good a team I’ve been on in three years. We are passing the ball very well. We have a talented team and this season is really shaping up for us.”
Caroline Militello who scored the 9th goal of the game now has 9 goals, 6 assists on the season for a team-leading 24 points.
“We’ve lost some close games, but I really enjoy playing those type of games,” said sophomore forward Militello. “I love overtime games. I love games that go to penalty kicks. That can be an exciting way to finish a game.”
“We have good team chemistry. We have a lot of younger players on this team making contributions. We have five freshman playing with our team,” said Militello.
Michael Black, who coaches the team says things are shaping up. “Yes, we are definitely progressing. We had two weeks of spring break that really broke our momentum. We only took about half our team to Alabama,” he said.
“We have some really good athletes on this team, and some of the younger players are really helping us,” said Black.
The girls didn’t mind the bus pulling out early for a ride home. Most had plenty of home work to deal with once they got home.
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