Seton Keough came into Thursday’s final regular-season conference home game against Friends with a few streaks on the line.
The Gators were gunning for their eighth straight victory.
They were trying to maintain their perfect record in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference.
>They were also trying to keep another league foe off the scoreboard as they have done in the previous seven games.
Their 3-0 victory accomplished all three, improving their league record to 8-0, while outscoring foes, 36-0.
They also improved their overall mark to 12-3-2.
Before the game, 10 seniors, playing their final conference home game, were honored and they all started.
Senior Kathleen Sigwart, a 2011 IAAM B Conference all star, and classmates Alisha Locklear, Anna Stumme, Becca Wallace, Ciara Saunders, Emani Byrd, Hannah Tavik, Jordan Smith, Kiana Young and Grace Collins speerheaded a dominant effort.
Locklear scored two goals in the first half and sophomore Katie Audino added the final tally in the waning moments.
Locklear’s first goal, with 22:14 left in the half, came after Audino sent a diagonal pass into the box and Christine Tomasic touched it to Locklear, who dribbled across the front of the cage and backhanded it home.
Six minutes later, a penalty corner started by Zoe Smith was touched from Ciara Saunders to Locklear on the doorstep and she deposited it.
Locklear moved to defense late in the game and her long drive set up Audino for the final fastbreak goal.
“She (Locklear) had been one of our most versatile players,” assistant coach Tabitha Zimmer said.
The Gator defense of Sigwart, Byrd and Tavik held potent Quaker scoring threats Weezie Foster and Olivia Reed without a shot, while the offense kept constant pressure on the Friends defense.
They could have had more scoring opportunities, but the outstanding hustle and blocks from Friends senior defender Ana Garcia-Moreno kept them at bay.
“I love to run,” said Garcia-Moreno, hoping the Quakers will follow her lead as they head toward the playoffs.
“We play best when we are really motivated because we play as a team and pass well. We just have to keep running as a team.”
Meanwhile, Seton Keough’s defensive stand is more than just a credit to the defenders, according to Sigwart
“It’s just the fact we work so well together and we play together as a team and we are always out there to support each other on the field, so we are always recovering behind each other,” Sigwart said.
“We have really come together as a team and everyone is contributing,” Zimmer said. “Our offense is contributing. Our defense is contributing and our midfield is really anchoring and holding it down.”
Head coach Tom Jester praised the midfield play of Smith, Stumme and Saunders and several others.
“Our midfield is our backbone,” Jester said.
After a non-league game Saturday, the Gators will try and conclude its perfect conference season on the road at Maryvale Prep (Oct. 16) and at John Carroll (Oct. 18).