The Rosati-Kain Kougars got a big goal from freshman Grace Henderson in the 14th minute Saturday and it helped propel them to the Quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over the Bishop DuBourg Cavaliers. Rosati-Kain Kougars Advance Past Bishop DuBourg
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The Kougars solidified their opportunity with a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the second half. Sr. Bridget Kelly was responsible for both. Her first, in the 38th minute, as Sr. Madelyn Ward delivered a cross into the six yard box. Kelly’s run allowed her to redirect it on goal, as it chipped the keeper essentially. Six Kougar’s touched the ball starting with Henderson first hustling to keep a ball in play inside the offensive third, Kelly had the third touch and then finished. Not a perfect video (the next one is much better) but it’s a less than perfect solution albeit cost effective. I was only using video since my Nikon was not working due to moisture build up from Friday’s game in the rain. Thankfully it dried out for the 2nd half (see below). Meanwhile, Bridget’s first goal here -> VIDEO
Kelly got her brace less than two minutes later. This was more direct, coming on a header from a corner kick by Bridget Hurley, the Kougar’s unheralded So. midfielder. VIDEO That’s my fault so I’m here to rectify the situation but first some context. Post-game I checked with Head Coach Bill Taylor. I wrote about Fr. Hannah Al-Baaj in the middle earlier this season. She’s been moved out to the wing. She created the game-winner today when she sent a ball from the left touchline (just in front of me) all the way over to the opposite side and Henderson took advantage to race past her defender and pick up the pass before breaking for goal and scoring. Putting a greater emphasis on her offensive responsibilities, and tendencies, as she loves to go forward, has been a net positive for the Kougars. Fun to watch as this was my third Kougar match this season. Buy Pictures
Jr. Elle Ortinau has stepped into the central spot for Al-Baaj and she and Hurley have established a good rapport. Hurley has had to take greater responsibility for distribution and she’s been up to the challenge. She found Al-Baaj on the left and combined with Kelly when she scored the final goal, a nice shot back across the goal from 10 yards out from Kelly’s square ball.
The Cavaliers fell victim not only to the Kougars but also the hot, humid elements today. Three starters were lost before the first half was over. That’s a touch challenge to address, especially at this stage of the season. They have five seniors who completed their careers today, including Allie Bettlach, the coaches daughter. Their post-game hug was extended and heartfelt. I should have taken a picture… 53 Lexi Bracken, Liz Campbell, Maria Dohack and Kaleigh Pemberto prepare for some of the best day’s of your life.