Spring season means that the Ursuline Bears and Visitation Vivettes compete in soccer for the Challenge Cup, after battling in Basketball in the Winter and Softball in the Fall. Viz staked their claim to the Cup in the 14th minute today when in a 30 second span, they scored a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish, finishing with an 8-1 advantage.
PHOTO GALLERY – Ursuline at Visitation
Senior Kayleigh Stahlschmidt (pictured below) opened the scoring when she tapped in a square ball through the box from Jaimie Tottleben. Sophomore Tottleben was then the recipient 30 seconds later when Stahlschmidt turned a defender in the left corner, took two steps and found her fellow front-runner with room to settle and then place her ball to the open corner.
The game was wide open from the very beginning and it seemed the Bears were destined to make a dent in the net. A shot by Caitlyn Huesgen on a run into the box rang off the upright and across the face of the goal, only to be smothered by the keeper. Another chance on a set piece into the box that caused the keeper trouble was knocked over the crossbar from less than six yards. With Jen Miller standing up to Jaimie Tottleben’s initial effort, later followed by a shot over the crossbar from close range, things seemed to be falling the Bear’s way.
Both teams are working hard to build the 2017 team following significant graduation losses, Abby O’Keefe for Visitation and Ursuline’s dynamic midfield pairing of Abby Basler and Alex Severino. The biggest difference at this time was on display today as the Vivette’s forward pair have a year of experience and a high level of quality. Stahlschmidt went on to score a hat-trick in the first half, matched by Tottleben in the second half with two goals that drew gasps. The first, what initially looked like a cross was bent into the far side netting from the right endline. Her third, taken with the outside of her right foot as she entered the box from the right side, bending beyond the keeper’s reach and freezing her. Things of beauty.
Senior back Brynne Polivka scored the first goal of the second half two minutes in on Caroline Davis’ corner kick, the initial ball getting knocked down at the far post before the rebound fell to Kailey Knopf who had her shot saved as Jen Miller threw herself back across the face of the goal. The second rebound fell into Polivka’s path and she finished quickly for her fourth goal of this young season. Freshman Emily Guyot got her first varsity goal (sorry I missed it Emily, too many bodies in my shooting path) when Stahlschmidt won a 50/50 ball in the offensive third, moved toward the near touchline before turning back into the box. A simple slotted path found Emily near the penalty spot and she finished reliably.
Ursuline got a late goal by So. Macy Holmes, who worked hard on the right wing and offered a good attacking option all evening. Her late opportunity gave her a bit more time and she finished past the keeper from about 10 yards out.