Varsity Field Hockey, Soccer See Wins at Fall Sports Picnic

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

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The varsity field hockey team faced Holy Cross at home during the Fall Sports Picnic. The support of the fans really helped get the team pumped up and ready to play. They scored in the first half and were able to hold their lead for the remainder of the game. They got the win, 1-0.  The lone goal was scored by senior forward Page Dabney in the first half.

The team had a slow start at South Oldham the following Monday, but managed to finish with another win! The goal was scored when Page Dabney dribbled down the field and made a quick pass to senior forward Mariah McCrocklin, who had perfect positioning and was able to slip the ball right in, scoring her first goal! The Wyverns won, 1-0.

MS A Field Hockey

Before Fall Break, the MS A field hockey team took on Anchorage in a regular season match.  The team played very well. Grace Donovan was on fire, tackling and cutting for the ball.  As the season has progressed, the team’s skill level has grown. Coach Misty Chanda was quoted as saying, “This was one of our better games working as a team.” Goalie Caroline Frederick had 12 saves despite the Wyverns’ 4-0 loss.  

At the Fall Sports Picnic, the A team came out strong and scored the game’s first goal against Crosby. Bentlea Schwartz put the Wyverns on the board as they took their first lead of the season. Unfortunately the Wyverns could not hold the lead and eventually fell 5-1.

The team traveled to Barrett on September 21st.  Bradley Wilson scored in the second quarter. The Wyverns dropped this one 5-1, but keeper Caroline had 16 saves in goal.

The A team continued its great play on September 22nd when they played Meyzeek in their regular season finale.  The Wyverns had a number of chances to get the ball in the cage but were not able to finish as they lost 2-0.  

After Fall Break, the A team immediately began its tournament, taking on 5th-seeded JCTMS.  In what would be one of their best performances of the season, the Wyverns fought tough behind goals from Bradley Wilson and Bentlea Schwartz.  A third goal was wiped off the board after Natalie Lancaster’s stick was ruled not to have touched the ball.  The Wyverns went on to lose the game 4-2.  The girls seemed to have high spirits following the game, and the Athletic Department commends them on a season well played.    

MS B Field Hockey

The MS B field hockey team wrapped up the remainder of their season by winning two out of three matches. They had wins over KCD and Anchorage but lost to Crosby 1-0 in the opening round of the tournament . In the win over KCD, the Wyverns outscored the Bearcats 3-0. Lucy Frederick had two goals and Katie Hammond had one. In the 4-0 win over Anchorage, the Wyverns got two goals from Kameron Julian, one by Lucy Frederick and one by Meredith Snyder.  It’s been a great season!  Each player showed improvement and finished with her best outings of the season.

Junior Field Hockey

The 3/4 team took on a tough CAL team on Saturday.  They played hard but came up short in a close one, losing 2-1.  Julia Koloff scored the lone goal for the Wyverns, who will wrap up their season this coming weekend in the Fall Sports Finale at our Goshen Campus.  Games start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday.  

Varsity Soccer

The Varsity soccer team faced Walden for the second time this season during the Fall Sports Picnic.  Unlike the first game, which was won despite some sloppy play, this game showed the discipline and versatility of the Wyvern squad that Coach Marshall and Coach Johnson were looking for.  The result was an 11-1 victory.  The lack of cards or conflict during the game speaks to the sportsmanship both teams demonstrated before, during and after the game.

Last Monday evening, the Wyvern soccer team played Atherton.  After winning three games in five days, the players were a bit tired mentally and physically; nevertheless, they played well through the first half, ending it trailing by one.  During the beginning of the second half, fatigue caught up with the Wyverns and a short lapse of concentration allowed the Rebels to score two quick goals.  They later added one more to make the score 4-0 with 22 minutes to go in the game.  At this point, the team could have thrown in the towel, but they didn’t.  They battled and eventually were able to get a goal to make the final score 4-1.

MS A Soccer

During the Fall Sports Picnic, the A team played Walden and won 4- 2. St. Francis had two goals from Ford Middendorf, and great defense from fullbacks Connor Gorman, Eli Jaffe, John Ospital, Drew Siciliano, Lake Mackin and Stuart Middleton. The game was won on both sides of the ball with Wyvern hustle and MSSoccerdetermination.

The team played Anchorage on September 21st and were victorious with late-game goals. They then played a tough game against Collegiate on Monday that gave the Wyverns only their third loss of the season. A late goal from Kyle McLaughlin tried to start a come-back but time ran out.

The team played host to Rock Creek on Wednesday night in their regular-season finale. The 8th graders all started their final regular game of the season and scored three goals in the first half. Bruce Hamilton and Luis Reyes shared a shutout in goal as the Wyverns defeated the Lions 4-0. The Wyverns finished the regular season 5-3-1. Congratulations to the 8th graders for a fantastic season: Bruce Hamilton, Kyle McLaughlin, John Ospital, Ford Middendorf, Connor Gorman, Lorenzo Mahoney, Eli Jaffe, Michael Scheen and Will Cole!  The LISC Tournament begins next week at the Goshen Campus.  

MS B Soccer

The B team played really hard during the Fall Sports Picnic against a difficult Brown team. The Wyverns played with a lot of emotion and heart but came up short. On September 21st, the team took on a challenging Anchorage team. Again, they played with a lot of heart and had a chance to come back with a late goal from Lars Barbercheck, but time ran out. On Monday, the Wyverns played a tough Collegiate team.  Another late goal from Lars Barbercheck and fantastic defense from Isaiah Green, Stevaun Butler and Aidan Keegan kept the game close early.

The B team played with heart, responded to well to directions, and faced an opposing team holding numerous intimidating advantages when they took on Rock Creek on Wednesday night. They rallied and played truly impressive Wyvern soccer. We are proud of how the team came together. The Wyverns are looking forward to closing out the season in the LISC tournament at the Goshen Campus next week.  

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The Junior Soccer team took on and beat Brown on Saturday at Walden.  This was the second time the Wyverns had a chance to take the field as one team and their play was outstanding.  As separate teams, both have been formidable, but together they were something to see.  They will play in the Fall Sports Finale this Saturday at Goshen. Team Butler plays at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; Team Whitty will play at 11:00 a.m. and noon.

Wyvern Alumni – Collegiate Athletes (from left)

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Claire Johnson graduated from St. Francis in 2011 (and the Goshen Campus in 2007).  She currently in her fifth year (after redshirting her freshman year) at Michigan State. In 2014, Claire was named to Academic All-Big Ten Team. She appeared in 15 games last year, scoring in back-to-back games against Maine and St. Joseph’s. To start the 2015 season, MSU played Central Michigan. Claire had a pair of goals that led to the Spartan victory, 5-1. MSU is 3-7 on the season thus far.

Cole Jordan graduated from St. Francis in 2013 (and the Goshen Campus in 2009) and now plays field hockey at Centre College. In the 2014 collegiate season, she finished with three goals and two assists while playing in 18 games. She had the game-winning goal against Lynchburg in the NCAA D-III Tournament. In 2015 thus far, she has one goal and two assists while playing in seven games.  Centre College is 4-3 on the year.

Napo Matsoso graduated from St. Francis in 2013 and continued on to play collegiate soccer at the University of Kentucky.  As a midfielder for the Wildcats, he was named 2014 First Team All-Conference USA and NSCAA All-Region and finished with five goals and four assists. He had a hat trick in a win over South Carolina. For the 2015 season, he was named a preseason All-American.  To date, Napo has two game-winning goals, against Marshall and Valpo. His goal against Marshall came at the 11-minute mark and that was enough to hold off the Thundering Herd. Napo produced some late-game heroics as his goal against Valpo came in the closing minutes to win the game.