The Archbishop Hoban soccer teams took different paths in 2-0 wins over host St. Vincent-St. Mary Saturday night.
The Hoban girls team scored a goal in each half to secure its victory and the Knights boys team scored twice in the opening 10 minutes for their win.
Sophomore Ashley Dobbins gave Hoban’s girls a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 35th minute.
“That goal just gives me pride for Hoban and it just feels good for the seniors knowing that they beat St. V in their last year,” Dobbins said. “I was playing for the seniors.
“I saw [senior] Katie Easton take a shot and then it went to [senior] Brooke Simmons, and she shot it and it deflected. I just one-timed it in.”
Sophomore Alex Sheldon upped the Knights’ edge to 2-0 with a goal in the 63rd minute.
“I knew we needed some momentum to keep things going,” Sheldon said.
Senior Mykaela Zingale and sophomore Sydney Huckabee helped the Hoban’s girls (12-0-1) hold an advantage over St. V-M (7-5-1) in shots on goal (9-3) and corner kicks (7-0).
Hoban’s boys (8-2-1) capitalized on two quick opportunities to dispatch St. V-M (4-6-1).
Junior Graham Onders netted the Hoban’s boys first goal in the fifth minute.
“[Junior] Matty McGee headed the ball to me and I was able to head it over the goalie,” Onders said. “There was so much adrenaline. The crowd was cheering so loud. It was an awesome moment.”
Junior John Monsour scored the Knights’ second goal in the ninth minute.
“Graham’s goal gave us momentum and we just pushed as hard as we could,” Monsour said. “I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to finish. There was a flick from Matty and then the ball got kicked around by each side.”
Hoban senior girls goalkeeper Maddie Diestel recorded her ninth shutout.
“This is my second year playing goalie,” Diestel said. “It is different being on varsity. I was on JV last year. It is thrilling and exciting because I never knew I could be this good at goalie. People always told me I was so good, but I didn’t see it.
“I have been naturally athletic [in basketball and softball], but I didn’t know I could be this good at goalie.”
St. V-M senior Lucy Daugherty nearly scored in the first minute with a firm kick, but Diestel made a save on the shot.
“We started slow and we were out of our game,” Hoban girls coach Patrick Dobbins said. “They almost scored a goal in the opening minute. They came out prepared and played well. They played hard and their goalkeeper [junior Leah Rauscher] is fabulous.
“It took us about 10 minutes to settle in. We settled in and started playing the way we like to play: play in the other team’s half, control the ball and look for shots. Ashley got loose and got a goal and Alex finished up later in the game with goal.”
Irish girls coach Jud Hartman praised Daugherty, Katie Goedecke and Lexi Mathern for attempting to generate offense, but acknowledged the Knights remained composed.
“Our defensive players Natalie Comeriato, Shannon McMahon, Annie Tomei, Erin McNicholas and Maddie Grosklos played outstanding,” Dobbins said. “St. V has a really good attack. They are very fast. The idea was to not let them get behind us.”
Hoban coach Tavi Muresan also urged his boys to keep the ball in front of them.
Seniors Jordan Sarver, Ben Easton and Michael Londa were solid in Hoban’s attack.
“We are very happy because our soccer teams could provide a few sweet moments for our students after [Friday] losing that football game,” Muresan said. “That was our goal for today. Of course any game against St. Vincent-St. Mary is very important for us.”
Muresan said Knights senior boys goalkeeper Andrew Markowski compiled his fifth shutout. Markowski credited defenders, Jacob Brown and Ben Naragon and Keith Contrera and Christian Salamon, for making his night pretty easy.
Irish boys coach Phil Alvord was disappointed with the loss, but was pleased with the effort of players such as Stephen Dages, Aaron Bennett and Brendan Luebbering.
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