Friday, September 8, 2017
Henley High School
At Henley, playing outside for the first time in two weeks, the Crusader girls earned their first victory of the 2017 season. Led by junior forward Meghan Michels’ four goal performance, St. Mary’s outscored the Hornets 5 – 2. Senior midfielder Sara Klott provided two assists and junior midfielder Ibixica Alvarez garnered one assist on three of Michels’ scores. The fourth came off a heads-up observation and decision by Michels when the Crusaders were awarded a direct kick from 20 yards out. Noticing the Hornets defensive actions were slow to take shape, Michels fired in a low driven shot to the back of the net sealing the scoring. The fifth goal was earned by junior forward Gabi Castillo by way of a penalty kick following a foul in the box in the 34th minute. Senior Adrien Birmingham handled goalkeeping duties in the first half doing a solid job against an aggressive and threatening Henley attack giving up only one goal. In the second half, sophomore Zoe Alftine made her high school goalkeeping appearance making three high pressure saves and also allowing only one goal. Each played key roles in the victory.
Next up for the Crusaders – air permitting – will be reigning 4A state champions North Valley on Wednesday, September 13 at home.