The Class 4 defending champions St. Teresa Stars came to St. Louis Saturday to face the Visitation Vivettes, a Class 3 program with a reputation of their own for winning titles. The Star’s got off to a fast start, scoring a pair of goals in the first twelve minutes. Both came after balls were lost in the midfield due to the Star’s pressure, moving outside and then returned into the box where first Tess Rellihan (welcome back – from ACL injuries as a sophomore AND junior) and then Elexa Pierson (Howard) finished.
PHOTO GALLERY – St. Teresa at Visitation
Visitation struck back quickly however as Kayleigh Stahlschmidt was opportunistic, toe poking a ball into the net from a scrum in the six yard box. The teams came out for the second half and the Star’s sense of urgency seemed to have been tweaked, say by a half-time talk? The Vivette’s battled but St. Teresa got a pair of goals that got progressively better. First Sr. left back Reagan Shatto hit a ball from outside the 18 yard box that found the far side netting. Wonderful stuff. A couple of minutes later sophomore Lily Farkas ‘asked Reagan to hold her Gatorade‘ and lined up a shot of her own that was hammered just under the crossbar into the roof of the net from outside the left side of the six yard box. Read more about Lily here
Things opened up a bit after that. My timeline has shown a number of Vivette’s looking lovely for prom(s) tonight and it is just a game after all. Heck, I’d love to compare prom stories with anyone who might be interested. Mine are over 40 years old but still fresh.
Both Payton Garrett and Natalie Kistler scored for St. Teresa. Visitation went down and got a late goal of their own although I’m not certain who got it. Tottleben (on left)? One other note, Macy Trujillo (pictured above) will join the Mizzou Tigers this Fall, joining her older sister on the team. Brynne Polivka will join her there. Plenty of battles between those two today, as Trujillo attacked from her left midfield spot, but I didn’t capture a good action shot of the two of them competing directly I’m sorry to say.
I’ll save a more detailed discussion of St. Teresa and their plethora of scoring options from the 4-3-3 system they play… Wait, that’s for the playoffs. Happy Earth Day!