At the end of the first half, it looked like the teams would be locked in a stalemate when one quick play told the game’s entire story as St. Francis (8-1-1) took care of St. Ignatius (3-6-3) by a score of 2-0.
In the 32nd minute, St. Francis goalkeeper Jacqueline Caginia booted a kick downfield to teammate Caroline Olivero, who dribbled through Wildcats defenders and kicked past St. Ignatius goalkeeper Shannon Foster to put the Lancers up 1-0.
“[Caginia] had a great punt, and [Olivero] read the bounce well. She used her body a little and finished a great ball,” said St. Francis coach Dawn Hill.
The wind played a big factor in the game. While St. Ignatius managed few opportunities and only two shots on goal in the first half, it adjusted and managed six shots on net in the second, with many more opportunities.
“Today was about the wind,” said St. Ignatius coach Carlos Escobar. “They had the wind in the first half and most of the play, and I think in the second half it helped us in the same way.”
Unfortunately for St. Ignatius, it couldn’t capitalize on those chances, while St. Francis did.
“We didn’t take our chances when we had the opportunities,” Escobar added. “There was a phase of about 15 to 20 minutes [in the second half] where we had opportunities and we just didn’t convert.”
St. Francis tacked on another goal late to put the game away, as senior Alexandra Jones assisted teammate Alexandria Reckas on a goal from point-blank range in the 71st minute.
SI senior captain Kate Bettinger accounted for five of the team’s shots on the day, including some near misses just wide and off the crossbar. Wildcats goalkeeper Shannon Foster tallied six saves on the day as well.
“I think it was really important to get this win, because we did come off a loss and it just shows the character of this team,” said Hill. “It’s always hard to play at [St. Ignatius].”
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