Things didn’t go accordingly to plan for St. Anne’s-Belfield in a 15-5 loss to St. Catherine’s Tuesday. Instead, the young Saints had to hit the reset button for the second half.
“We sort of put the first half behind us and said let’s play with some heart, lets get some energy and I felt like we did that in the second half,” said STAB coach Mary Blake.
St. Catherine’s employed a balanced offensive attacked that helped spark it to the win over STAB. St. Catherine’s quickly build a 5-0 lead that became an 11-1 advantage by halftime and that hole proved too deep for STAB to climb out of as St. Anne’s breaks in a largely new lineup that includes a pair of eighth graders.
St. Catherine’s, meanwhile, stacked up goals early, snagging a series of critical early draws that helped them build that lead.
“This is always a very competitive game and I think the girls were really fired up,”said St. Catherine’s coach Susan Taliaferro. “It was good to see them come out strong against this team.”
Senior Sarah Cobb led St. Catherine’s with four goals while Abby Jenkins and Claire Horner each notched hat tricks. Madison Jiranek also chipped in a pair of goals.
STAB, meanwhile, shook off that rough first half and managed to improve drastically after the break, winning some key draws and picking up four goals, including a second half hat trick by Isabel Franks and Catherine Carden scoring another. Claire Schotta had the lone first half goal for STAB.
STAB goalie Molly Morris came up with eight saves, a strong performance in the face of long runs of possession by St. Catherine’s.
STAB will host Trinity Episcopal April 3 while St. Catherine’s will host Colorado’s Cherry Creek Wednesday.