By: Brandon Miller, Editor
On Friday, November 1, Brien McMahon High School’s girls soccer team took the field against No. 1 ranked St. Joseph's and took a heartbreaking 1-0 loss.
This was the third year in a row the Senators have played St. Joe’s in the first round of the FCIAC tournament, and they came seeking revenge after being eliminated by the Cadets each of the previous two years.
“Playing St. Joe’s the 3rd year in a row was personal. It fueled me like nothing else, and I was so excited for the rematch,” affirmed Senior Captain Jocelyn Lister.
After losing 2-0 to the St. Joe’s during the season, the Senators had something to prove and to fight for. “Coming into the game I knew this was a game we could win. They usually are one of the top teams in the FCIAC but we match up well with them. I think the only thing I was worried about was solving problems on how we were going to score,” stated Senior Captain Peyton McNamera.
McMahon came out strong in the first half, holding the Cadets to zero goals, but unfortunately, they could not capitalize on one for themselves. McMahon had a wonderful chance with five minutes left after a freekick by McNamera to Sydney Movlevar, whose shot just hit the crossbar.
McMahon’s halftime talk consisted of the coach telling the team that they were working hard, and that they just needed to finish their chances and put the game away. McMahon did just that as they almost scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half following a great build-up. Unfortunately St. Joe's scored with 25 minutes left off of an unlucky counter-attack. McMahon was unable to answer with a goal of their own within the remaining time, bringing an end to McMahon’s FCIAC run this season.
“I thought we played one of the best games we’ve ever played. We fought hard and just came out unlucky in the end. It’s a game we definitely should have won,” stated McNamera.
McMahon has to shake this loss of quickly as they need to prepare for the state tournament that is coming up. “If we play the same way as against St. Joe’s, we will be unstoppable. They scored an unlucky goal, putting our hard work to waste. The only thing we need to improve upon for states is finishing our chances,” maintained Lister.