Goretti kept Chapelgate on its heels right from the opening whistle Thursday afternoon. And after 10 minutes of the Yellowjackets withstanding the pressure, the visiting Gaels finally broke through, opening the gates to a dominating 8-0 win in the season opener for both teams.
“It’s very good for us,” said Goretti coach Terri Mutchler. “We just had a scrimmage-fest with the Washington [D.C] public county schools and we did fair, so coming off with a win like this is good. It will be good self-confidence for the girls, to show that all their hard work paid off in the long run. I don’t think we’ve ever had a win like this before. They’re positive [and] their enthusiasm to play the sport – it all pays off today.”
Jane Bramson was credited with the game’s first goal with 30 minutes left in the first half. Chapelgate (0-0 IAAM C, 0-1 overall) had trouble clearing a loose ball in front of net, which came off a cross sent from the corner flag. Eventually, a deflection caused the ball to squeak past goalie Alia Campbell, putting the Gaels up 1-0.
The score ignited Goretti's (1-0) offense, which put away three more goals before halftime.
Katie Manning added the Gaels second of the day with less than 16 minutes remaining in the half, and then about two minutes later assisted on the team’s third goal with Victoria Baker notching her first goal of the afternoon.
Trey Camancho pushed Goretti's lead up, 4-0, right before the break, taking advantage of a loose ball initially played off a corner kick.
“I wasn’t happy with them in the first half,” said Yellowjackets coach Roch DeFrances. “They were passing the ball to the blue shirts, they weren’t hustling to the ball, they weren’t aggressive, they were kind of being lazy, not intentionally, but they were kind of watching the game. The second half I challenged them to play with a lot more pride, regardless of what the score is.”
The Gaels continued controlling the pace of the game in the second half and swiftly added to their cushion.
Baker put away her second goal with 26:42 on the clock, extending the advantage 5-0, which she quickly added on to two minutes later. Sofia Lopes then tallied another with 22 minutes left, making it 7-0 Goretti.
“At the scrimmage-fest we just attended, we had problems finishing the ball and all week with [our] offense, we just practiced over and over again, finishing and finishing,” Mutchler said. “Our goal was to get 17 shots off and that was our minimum and so today we succeeded in that.”
The Gaels controlled the ball in their offensive zone for most of the second-half action. They totaled 13 shots in the second half, after accumulating 11 in the first 40 minutes.
However, the Yellowjackets upped their play after an issued water break midway through the period, earning some possessions in Goretti’s defensive third. DeFrances was happy with his team’s play in that stretch.
“They really started playing better when we took the water break at 20 minutes and I talked to them again, they really played better for that next 10-15 minutes and I told them that’s the way I want you to play,” he said.
The Gaels added one more with 11 minutes remaining, as Marlayna Scire knocked her shot past Chapelgate’s Evana Dyett, solidifying the final, 8-0, outcome.
“We’ve been working really hard on all of our passing and ball skills,” Mutchler said. “I have a lot of incoming freshmen, so we’ve just been trying to tune up all of their skills [and] worked a lot on technical skills. We’ve been working on give-and-goes non stop, been working with those – offense versus defense – and the outcome today definitely showed that our hard work at practice is showing off.”
Campbell and Dyett combined for eight saves for the Yellowjackets, while Emma Ober posted one save, as Chapelgate notched two shots on goal.
“I actually have a keeper (Madison Boyd) who wasn’t here today and she’s pretty athletic and that will help me out a lot,” DeFrances added. “I’ve got three hurt that will be starters, so you know, once we start getting all the pieces in play we should start playing better.”
The Yellowjackets are back in action Tuesday, August 30 at Gerstell for a 4 p.m. matchup.
Goretti 8, Chapelgate 0 (Thursday, August 25)
Goals: G – Baker 3, K. Manning 1, Bramson 1, Camancho 1, Lopes 1, Scire 1.
Assists: G – K. Manning 1.
Saves: G – Ober 1; C – Campbell 3, Dyett 5.
Halftime: 4-0 Goretti.