October 1st, 2018

Sacred Heart beats Male on senior night

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Sacred Heart beats Male on senior night
Sacred Heart and Male fight for the ball / photo by Conor Revell

Sacred Heart's soccer team honored seniors Grace Birkby, Ashley Durik, Estelle Gabrile, Brielle Heuglin, Addy Lancaster, Sophia Mankowski, Allison Metzler, Lauren Payne, and Meg Williams Monday night.

The Valkyries celebrated the nine seniors with a 3-0 victory over visiting Male as their regular starts to win down.

“You know, they defined Sacred Heart for me,” first-year Sacred Heart head coach Libbey Smith said. “They’re a great group of kids and have ton of school spirit. They work really hard on and off the field. They truly are a group of leaders.”

Cam Barber had two goals and Taylor Nelson recorded the other goal. Ashley Durk had an assist.

“I’m happy but sad at the same time,” Durik said. “It’s great to see the team come together on senior night. I have been on this team and field for four years. It’s sad to see it end but I have to move on to college and I’m excited about that.

Durik is a Cornell commit.

Nelson put Sacred Heart (15-1-1) up 1-0 with 22:19 to go in the first half when she scored off a pass from Durik.

“I dribbled it up the right sideline,” Durik said. “I got a break away and saw Taylor open and passed it to her and she finished it.”

Barber made it 2-0 with 14:57 remaining in the opening half when she used her speed and made a run down the middle of the field and booted the ball past Male’s charging goalkeeper Molly Nunn.

“I think it’s good to be sneaky,” Barber said. “I don’t think the defense expect a defender to score. When you have that speed, it’s good to use it.”

The junior used almost the exact same moves to scored her second-goal putting the Lady Bulldogs (12-5-2) in a 3-0 hole with 29:11 left.

“She has jets,” Smith said. “She has a ton of speed when she has some space.”

The Valkyries kept Nunn busy (11 saves) the entire night and peppered with 11 shots and was rewarded with seven corners.

Male had very few opportunities and only mustard off two shots at Sacred Heart goalkeepers Amanda Issacs (one save) and Eliza Kelly (one save) and only had one corner.

“The senior class has grown up with me,” Barber said. “They have taught me how to respect other people and work as a team.”

The Valkyries only have one game left before postseason play starts next week.

“There have been a lot of opportunities to see my seniors in action,” Smith said. “But my favorite was their preparation for the Cleat Game. They made our video. They rallied the troops. That was nice to see them raise to the occasion.”



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