St. Ursula Academy vs. Brebeuf Jesuit at Zionsville Invitational
October 31, 2013St. Ursula Academy
Varsity Soccer – Friday 9/6 – St. Ursula Academy vs. Brebeuf Jesuit at Zionsville Invitational
St. Ursula Academy 1 Brebeuf Jesuit 1
The Bulldogs traveled up I-74 on Friday, creeping their way through Indianapolis rush hour traffic, to reach the Zionsville Invitational tournament, where many of the best teams in the Midwest would compete. Their Friday night opponent was the 8th-ranked (in Indiana) Brebeuf Jesuit Braves.
Talk about your fast starts, barely one minute into the game Anna Arar sent in a cross to the feet of Haley Jordahl, who from ten yards out redirected the ball past the keeper and into the net. But that would be the only St. Ursula shot-on-goal of the entire first half. The next 30 minutes was controlled by Brebeuf. Still early in the half, an SUA clear went to a Brebeuf midfielder who immediately found a teammate at the top of the 18. With a quick turn and hard-hit ball just inside the post, the game was tied 1-1. Keeper Olivia Silverman was doing a terrific job keeping the score knotted at 1. She made a nice save of a shot just outside the 6, and later had back-to-back diving stops in the goal mouth. The final 10 minutes of the half saw SUA pick up their play. Megan Niebuhr and Maddie Huster executed a give-and-go but the Braves defense stepped up and caught Maddie a hair offsides.
The 2nd half was a much better performance with St. Ursula dominating at times and with the majority of possession. Kelsey Dollenmayer carried the ball down the sideline and found Mary Alice Vignola in the corner. M.A. then played a pass into the run of Maddie Huster and Maddie’s contested shot flew over the crossbar. SUA nearly cashed in on another early opportunity when M.A. and Huster drew in the Brebeuf defense and slipped the ball to Haley Jordahl, but the Braves keeper dove and deflected Haley’s shot beyond the far post. With about 20 minutes remaining, Brebeuf transitioned from deep in their own end and forced a 1v1 with their best player going against Madeleine Peskovitz. Pesky did what she does, preventing a shot and sending the ball out of danger. SUA continued with good chances: Darby Schwarz got to the endline and passed to Mary Alice Vignola, but a volley destined for the goal was blocked by a Braves defender. Then with time running out, a clear from Brebeuf was intercepted by Huster, and Maddie unleashed a rocket from 25 yards out that sailed just wide.
Winning the battle of statistics doesn’t do anything on the scoreboard, so a draw against a solid opponent will have to do. To end on a bright note, the SUA Reserve A squad defeated Strongsville’s JV team 2-0.