Four players Score Goals as Ursuline Girls Best St. Martin's

After wrestling with a strong opponent in the hostile confines of Pearl River on Tuesday, the unflinching Ursuline soccer team faced a quick turnaround closer to home on the congenial pitch in the welcoming confines of Metairie at St. Martin's.  The story of this Ursuline soccer team is one of ingenuity and "stick-to-it" moxie.

The Saints hosted State Street Lions in a non-league contest on Thursday. The single-minded Lions rolled to a 9-1 victory in a pleasant 60-degree clear evening with no breeze.

Insuppressible Freshman keeper Gracie Frank made 3 saves for Ursuline, which outshot St. Martin's by a 41-6 margin.

Stouthearted Junior Emma Scobel scored four goals with one assist for the Lions putting her at 9 goals on the year.  Intrepid Senior Captain Mckenna Brannan scored twice with 5 assists. Dauntless Freshman Nimah Baloney scored two goals.  Spunky 8th grader Lillian Wiseman finished with a goal and 2 assists for Ursuline.  
Dogged competitor Sophomore Isa Suarez and unshakable 8th grader Aribelle Holley remained the anchors of the backline at the center.  Unbending Sophomore Ava Pelletier and inexhaustible Sophomore Isabel Lambiet frustrated the wing attacks at left and right back.

The Lions targeted possessing the ball and honed their laser pointed passing on this night with a season high 148 passes. These State Street Ballers endeavored to play with quick, small combinations, which made it easier to defend on the backline.  Moving the ball around and balancing the attack was a clear objective of the team.

Multi-talented Junior Jenna Hoisington (often wearing the keeper gloves - played tonight as right wing) blistered the St. Martin's keeper with challenging shots right from the kickoff.  Tenacious Senior Striker Natalia Mann made fluid runs deep into the St. Martin's penalty area and threatened the defense.  Determined Sophomore Kate Martin at left wing had physical play after play to maintain possession and implement runs up the side.  Focused 8th grader Vivian Reece at right wing fabricated shots on goal - playing shallow on the goal kicks as she challenged the Saints.  Energetic Sophomore Fang Hua Stock-Bordnick at right midfield boosted the possession game with keen positioning and challenges on the outside.
The team looks forward eagerly to the return of defensive leader Junior Mae Ying Stock-Bordnick for the back line who has been out with a nagging injury.

Scoring Summary
Ursuline got off to a quick start Thursday as Scobel scored in the opening 13th minute to give her team a 1-0 advantage.
Baloney pushed the lead to 2-0, scoring on an assist from Brannan 23:18 into the first half.
Following a barrage of shots from Brannan, the senior netted it in the 23rd minute.

A St. Martin's deep ball and speed pressed past the Ursuline defense and a breakaway / 1 on 1 with Lions keeper Gracie Frank.  Frank made a brilliant save and had a collision with the Saints player on the breakaway, but a trailing teammate took the loose ball and knifed it into the back of the net for St. Martin's only goal on the night.

Scobel scored the Lions’ fourth goal with 40:21 in the first half on an assist from Wiseman.
The Lions scored on five of their 27 second-half shots to make the final score 9-1.
Starting the second half, Scobel made it 5-1 on an assist from Brannan at the 47:49 mark.
Baloney made it 6-1 with 53:48 into the game and a goal on a pass from Scobel.
With 20 minutes left in the second half, the Lion's earned a penalty kick that Brannan smoothly converted to make it 7-1.
Wiseman scored her first varsity goal for Ursuline at 74:17 on a pass from Brannan.
Scobel closed out the scoring at 77:48 to make it 9-1.

Friday's match v LW Higgins will be postponed.
Ursuline will meet uptown neighbor and soccer power Louise S. McGehee on Saturday at Pan American Stadium at 11 a.m.