While it had only one match last week, the St. Scholastica girls soccer team made the best of the opportunity, picking up an important victory.
Junior Isabella Pflug scored a pair of goals as SSA defeated Lakeshore 4-1 on Dec. 21 at Titan Stadium in a nondistrict match.
With the win, the Doves (8-0-1) remain unbeaten on the regular season while Lakeshore falls to 3-7 on the year.
Two of the most successful programs in the state as of late, St. Scholastica is coming off of back-to-back trips to the Division I state semifinals, while the Titans have reached the Division II state championship match the past two seasons, winning last year over St. Thomas More. SSA is ranked No. 8 in the latest LHSAA Division I power rankings while Lakeshore is No. 20 in the Division II power rankings.
The Doves remain one of the top-ranked teams in the country, coming in at No. 4 in the most recent MaxPreps rankings.
Remaining unbeaten in the all-time series against the Titans, the Doves got on the scoreboard early in the first half when junior Sydney Vincens’ header found the back of the net in the 13th minute for her 10th goal of the season.
Five minutes later, senior Brogan Bernadas extended the SSA lead to 2-0 when her shot got past the Lakeshore keeper.
It didn’t take long for the Doves to score in the second half as Pflug shot three minutes into the second half to extend SSA’s advantage to 3-0.
Lakeshore’s Jamie Raines broke the shutout streak in the 56th minute when her point-blank shot skipped past SSA keeper Elizabeth Kalmbach to cut the deficit to 3-1. Pflug’s second goal, coming in the 72nd minute, allowed SSA to regain its three-goal advantage.
“After we gave up the goal to Lakeshore to make it 3-1, it kind of woke us up and made us refocus our efforts,” Pflug said. “We wanted to come back and take control of the match and I think that we were able to accomplish that. This was a good win.”
One of the best keepers in Division I, if not the entire state, Kalmbach said the victory over Lakeshore helps the Doves build the momentum they are looking to continue.
“Our eyes are down the road (on the postseason),” she said. “The goal of this program is to compete for and win state championships. Wins against programs as prestigious as Lakeshore help us work on things that need fixing and help us find out what we do well heading into the playoffs.”
Both squads are off until next week, when they will take part in the Mandeville High tournament beginning Dec. 27.