St. Francis Players Join in “Pink Out”

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorPinkOut_3

This year was the first time St. Francis participated in a  “Pink Out” sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event was held on two different occasions this year – the Senior Nights for soccer and for field hockey/golf.  We raised $330 during the two events and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. They were great events and we look to grow them in the upcoming years.

JV/Varsity Soccer

The varsity soccer team season ended in royal fashion as they defeated Whitefield in their finale on Friday night.  Senior captain Michael Malpartida led the offensive attack with a goal and a pair of assists to fellow senior Jonny Simpson and sophomore Wah Doe Moo.  The Wyverns pulled out the 3-1 victory behind a raucous crowd of field hockey girls who came out to show support on what turned out to be a great night.  

On Saturday, the JV team wrapped up their season by participating in the Henry Clay JV Cup in Lexington. In the first round, the Wyverns faced Woodford County on the turf. The Wyverns came out a bit slow in the first half, but with some position adjustments and better insight into their attack, played a much better second half, though they fell 6-0. St. Francis then took on Bryan Station in the consolation match, dominating much of the possession throughout the game and generating multiple scoring chances before Grayson Smith took a break-away down the middle of the field and scored to bring the Wyverns within one in the second half. Despite many more scoring chances, St. Francis couldn’t pull even and fell 2-1.. It was a great JV season that saw many students playing organized soccer for the first time, and as always, we were able to focus on developing skills, game knowledge, and, most importantly, passion for the sport and joy in playing it.

On Tuesday night at Central Stadium, in front of a great St. Francis crowd, the Wyverns entered the district tournament as the #2 seed and squared off against host Central High School.  The rain Monday that delayed the game til Tuesday brought back a reminder of last year’s District Tournament semifinal, when the Yellowjackets defeated the Wyverns in Goshen. Determined to return to the district championship and a berth in the regional tournament, the Wyverns came out strong.   Inside the first 10 minutes of play, the Wyverns scored their first goal when Andrew Thurstone headed a corner kick from Wah Doe Moo.  Later in the half, Wah Doe slipped one by the Yellowjackets’ keeper to give the Wyverns a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.  The Wyvern defense was tremendous throughout as the team pitched a shutout behind the outstanding play of Sam Erbes.  Andrew found the back of the net once again, early in the second half, heading another corner from Wah Doe, for a final score of 3-0.  The Wyverns advanced to the championship game to play Manual at Central Stadium last night.  They fell 5-0 but did an outstanding job.  Andrew Thurstone, Wah Doe Moo and Michael Malpartida were named to the All- District Tournament Team.  

St. Francis advances to the Regional Tournament to play St. X (at St. X) on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Varsity Field Hockey

The varsity field hockey team hosted North Oldham last Thursday night.  The game marked the second time this season the teams faced off.  And with a little help from the largest crowd so far this season, the Wyverns were able to shut out the Mustangs 2-0.  Goals were scored by Hanna Cobb and Page Dabney.

The team celebrated Senior Night for the seniors’ last home game Monday with a 3-0 shutout of Seneca. Senior Rose Gilbert scored her first career goal when she slammed home a cross from Maddy Case.  Hanna Cobb and 8th grader Grace Donovan rounded out the scoring in the game.  St. Francis Athletics would like to thank seniors Page Dabney, Bailey Chapman, Rose Gilbert, Lucy Lv, Mariah McCrocklin and exchange student Sterre Spijker for their commitment to athletics.

Last night, the team took on Butler in their regular-season finale.  The Wyverns were without either of their goalies and a primary scorer, due to illness,  Maggie McGraw donned the pads and allowed only one goal during regulation.  Hanna Cobb scored for the Wyverns off an assist from Shelly Lancaster.  With a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, the team went into a 7v7 overtime period, where neither side scored.  The game came down to flicks, with Maggie stopping every single one of the Butler attempts and Steere Spijken and 8th grader Bradley Wilson putting theirs in the net to secure the 2-1 win for the Wyverns.

Next up for the Wyverns is the Regional Tournament, where they again take on Butler on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Manual.