Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Islander Girls Varsity Soccer Beats Christian High School 2-0

On Wednesday, January 11th, the Islander girls took on Christian High School. They battled back and forth, with most of the action taking place in the first half, and the Islanders came out victorious 2-0.

 

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Final Score

Before the game started, Head Coach Mike Costaglio mentioned a few things that he was expecting to see in that night’s game. He said that he wants “more possession in the mid-field, and especially in the attacking third, so that we’re more organized and are connecting balls more often rather than just being single minded and go straight to goal.”

Head Coach Mike Costaglio

The girls seemed to do just that, and were able to move the ball around beautifully and work very well as a team.

In the first half, both of the only two goals were scored. The first one from Maren Hawley. Maren broke away from her defender and used her speed on the sideline to catch up to a wonderful pass that dropped at the perfect time straight in front of her. As the ball bounced up, she volleyed it straight past the goalie and into the net. This first goal was celebrated, then it was back to business with a 1-0 score.

 

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The next goal would be thanks to precise ball movement and ability to find an open person. That open person was Katelyn McGrath. She received a pass from her teammate, then used her footwork and speed to slice through defenders, leaving them in the dust. She created space, saw the goal, and took a shot. That ball sped right by the goalie and made the score 2-0.

The middle of the field was like a magnet during the second half. Most of the passes and steals occurred in that neutral area. However, the few times that the Christian Patriots got past the brick wall of the Islander defense, there was no need to worry. Goalie Olivia Schoettke was unstoppable. Or better said, specialized in stopping. She didn’t allow anything past her all night.

An incredible shot on goal, what would have been a highlight play for the Patriots, became a highlight play for Olivia. Making a leaping save from one side of the goal to the other, she was able to get a hand on the ball and punch it out of bounds – saving what could have been a game changing goal.

The game would conclude with the Islanders winning 2-0. The ability to work well as a team and have good chemistry really paid off. The Islander girls are currently 4-2-3 on the season, and 1-0 in league play.

 



Graham Bower
Graham Bower
Graham Bower is a proud "Navy kid" and a student at CHS, class of 2024. He is a captain of the football team and plays multiple positions, including quarterback. Graham has always had a passion to create and share content, starting in the sixth grade making videos at the skatepark in Naples, Italy. From there, it kicked off and became a huge interest. After taking video production, digital media, and photography classes from 2018-2021, he finally got a professional camera in November of 2021.He started creating sports videos for the school and sharing them on Instagram. Since then, he has continued to create videos not only for many sports and activities, always being open to new ideas and opportunities to grow his experience. Graham plans to study film and photography and play football at college in Montana.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]
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