Despite winning District 7-IV, the magical run for the Pope John Paul II girls soccer team finally came to an end on a rainy Feb. 6 night.
The Jaguars couldn’t overcome a hat trick from junior Addie Roemerhauser as No. 8 Pope John Paul II fell to No. 9 Academy of the Sacred Heart 4-1 in the Division IV girls soccer state playoffs.
The Cardinals got on the board quickly when Roemerhauser got past the Pope John Paul II defense in the fifth minute and struck a ball from the right corner into the left corner of the net, giving Sacred Heart a 1-0 advantage.
Playing most of the first half on the Pope John Paul II side of the field, Macy Hanrahan’s header off of a corner in the 29th minute was almost the only threat from the Jaguars, and the Sacred Heart keeper made the save.
Fortunately for the Jaguars, a minute later, sophomore Kylie Milligan tied the game 1-1 when her shot found the back of the net.
Roemerhauser struck again early in the second half when her shot in the 46th minute was misplayed by Jaguars keeper Lauren Jones, giving the Cardinals the lead back at 2-1.
Cassidy Lambert made it 3-1 late in the second half, and Roemerhauser finished off the hat trick in stoppage time to seal the victory for the Cardinals.
“Sacred Heart is a talented team,” PJP II coach Meaux Homburg said. “Give them credit. We gave them a run for their money, and I credit my team for fighting hard from whistle to whistle. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
“We finished the season 12-4, and I am very proud. Last year, I told them how much potential they had and they didn’t believe me. We are such a young team and the heart and passion this team has; there is a bright future for years to come for this program.”