October 15th, 2010

SHA Tops Assumption For District Crown

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer


SHA Tops Assumption For District Crown
photo from Sacred Heart Academy

Sacred Heart defeats Assumption in District Final

Senior Forward Lucy Chauvin netted two first half goals to lead the Sacred Heart Valkyries to a 3-0 win over rival Assumption high school in the championship game of District 13. The Valkyries controlled the pace of play for much of the match as they begin their trek towards a fourth consecutive Kentucky state soccer title. 

“We wanted to make sure we were focused,” said Sacred Heart coach Chris Moore. “We try and build our schedule up to really challenge ourselves and that prepares us well for the kind of battle we faced today.” 

The Valkyries put the pressure on early in the game with two quick chances from Senior Captain Erin Feger that were turned aside. But they finally got on the board in the 10th minute of the match on a perfect through-ball from Feger to Chauvin who then took two touches, outpaced the Assumption defender and used a deft left foot to put the ball past Assumption goalkeeper Katie Jones. 

The Rockets didn’t allow the goal to deflate them as they immediately created a clean, clear chance to level the score, but Valkyries’ goalkeeper Maddie Peabody calmly collected the ball and transitioned it to her offense.

“The defense worked really well together at making sure Assumption couldn’t finish off those chances,” said Feger. 

The second Sacred Heart goal looked much like the first with Chauvin breaking free down the middle of the field and placing another smooth left foot shot past a diving Jones.

“Our through balls have been really strong,” said Chauvin. “That’s our specialty and our midfield has been putting forth a great team effort.” 

Feger helped create the final tally with a terrific individual effort that ended with an equally nice finish from Forward Eleanor Gabriel. Feger started the play with a nifty takeaway of a soft pass at midfield. She added a little tidy dribbling past a defender and sent a pass to Gabriel’s feet at the top of the box. Gabriel shielded her defender from the ball, and with her back to the goal, she deked to her right, spun to her left breaking free from her defender and cracked a solid strike to the low left corner of the goal. And that, as they say, was the ball game. 

“We’ve definitely shifted our focus a little bit,” said Moore. “We are really working hard to peak as a team during this playoff season.”

 

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