The John Burroughs Bombers opened their season on Tuesday, hosting fellow Class 2 program Bishop DuBourg. The Cavalier’s entered with a two game winning streak, at Lutheran St. Charles and Hazelwood Central and were hoping to even their record after starting 2-3. The game was called after one overtime due to darkness, finishing in a scoreless draw.
The game got off to an active start for Burroughs, led by the midfield pairing of freshman Sydney Panagos and Sophia Crowley. Combined with a strong defensive back line that includes Annika Mathew and Samantha Bernstein in the center, they kept the Cavaliers off-balance for the first 20 minutes. The attack is led by Dahlia Haddad and Captain Alejandra Cohen. While denied in Tuesday’s match, both opened their scoring for the season tonight (Monday Apr 10) in a 2-1 win over Whitfield.
PHOTO GALLERY – Bishop DuBourg at John Burroughs
The Cavaliers are led in the middle by the Coach’s daughter, Alli Bettlach. I mention her lineage because she displays the classic characteristics, a skilled player with a good understanding of the game. She’s joined by Lexi Bracken (#6 above) in doing the hard work in the middle.
Scoring thus far has come via the midfielders and freshman Madison Galczynski who offers some attacking verve for the team. Her injection on the left wing opened up the play against Burroughs and helped create the best opportunities on the evening. She’s got two goals this season, while offering up a pair of assists in DuBourg’s OT win tonight against Affton.
The defense has a nice partnership developing with senior Amanda Airaghi, responsible for a goal-saving tackle in the final minute of regulation against Burroughs as she caught up with a breakaway attempt, paired with freshman Addy Niethe offers the Cavaliers a means of playing out of the back while also unafraid to make the physical tackle when needed.