By Donald Daniels
For the first time their school’s history Catholic High is IAAM C Conference soccer champions. The Cubs surged in the second half scoring three goals in the span of five minutes and defeated Annapolis Area Christian school, 3-0 at Anne Arundel Community College.
Catholic High senior midfielder Sara Morales, who was apart of the 2018 C Conference championship Cub lacrosse team, had a game-high two goals.
“We lost to them [Annapolis Area Christian School] earlier in the season, we definitely had redemption on our minds,” Morales said. “This is amazing, people have been cheering for us and we just wanted this so bad.”
Fellow senior Bayley Lindsay had the other tally for the second-seeded Cubs on a windy afternoon.
“This season and winning the championship has been and incredible experience, I still can’t believe that we did it,” Lindsay said.
The Eagles through solid midfield play was able consistently generate shots on goal, but just couldn’t finish. Midway through the first half, AACS sophomore Tracy Grollman was able to deliver a cross pass to junior Emily Powers from five yards outside the goal on the right side, but Cub freshman goalie Cristen Roche broke up the scoring chance.
“In the first half it took for time for us to adjust to the size of the field, but the girls did a great job in the second half and I just proud of not only their effort today, but all season long,” Catholic High coach Bonnie Sandone said.
To start the second half Catholic High (10-3-1) picked up and the pace and was able to put pressure on the Eagles defense. The offense of the Cubs finally broke through at the 25 minute mark when Lindsay scored off a shot that bounced two her teams from nine yards giving the Catholic High a 1-0 lead.
“I was just happy that ball went to the net to start the flow, I knew that this was going to be a first goal kind of game,” Lindsay said. “I just saw the opportunity for myself and I was able to deliver today.”
“Once Bailey Lindsay scored that goal we got all fired up,” Morales said. “She was the catalyst for it all, it was a domino effect after that.”
Three minutes later Morales used the long ball to pad the Cubs by booting a tally from 25-yards in the left lower corner.
“I was just fired up and said ‘Let’s do this’ and scored the goal for my team because they work so hard for me and I didn’t want to let them down,” Morales said.
Morales wasn’t done, one minute and 26 seconds later she blasted in a goal from 30-yards out of a free kick as the ball just went over the outstretched hands of Eagle goalie Julie Hemmings (four saves) with the ball just a few inches below the cross bar.
For the final 20 minutes AACS (9-6) tried to find a spark on the offensive to cut into the Cub deficit, but the Catholic High back line was more than up to task. The Cubs was able to muster three shots on goal in the final minutes, but each shot was defended well as Catholic High held on for the historic win.
Despite the loss Annapolis Area Christian School coach Amy Sproul feel confident that Eagles can make another trip to the championship match next season as AACS only had two senior on the team.
“We worked hard all season long, but today wasn’t our day,” Sproul said. “We are hungry to get back here and having the ability to bring our experience back next season will be huge and the girls will be ready for it.”