How Do You Follow That?

Lancers look to repeat state title


Patrick Connolly, sports reporter

How do you follow a Division 4 girls state soccer championship? After losing four seniors, three of them starting defenders, one of whom scoring the game winning goal with two minutes left in the title game, where is the leadership going to come from?

How do you meet the expectations? Well, with lots of returning talent such as the leading goal scorer, junior Katie Hamm , and leading point scorer, junior Elizabeth Alia, things are already looking in favor of the Lancers. Though a very young team with only one senior, the expectations are high.

“I think we could do more than we did last year, meaning more wins,” said  junior midfielder Liz Alia, boldly.

They certainly have a lot of confidence backed by skill. A roadblock that is in their way is the conference rival, St. Catherine’s. St. Cat’s was picked to win state last year. Only allowing one goal while scoring 45 in an undefeated conference season, the Angels were looking hot going into the playoffs.

The Lancers had them up next on their list in the sectional final. St. Cat’s took the first regular season game, 5-1, but the Lancers displayed perseverance and heart, earning the upset, 3-2.

“St. Cat’s was certainly a good team, the hardest team we played all year, it will be exciting to face them again,” said Eliana Mandli, goalkeeper and MVP of the Lancers in the 2017-2018 season.

They certainly have the confidence, they have almost their whole starting line-up returning this year and some new faces as well. A new freshman face, Martina Harrington, sister of star junior midfielder Stella Harrington, will be playing for the Lancers in the upcoming season.

“I have played club soccer my whole life, it will be interesting to see what High School soccer is all about,” said the young new face.

All in all, the Lancers had a magnificent season last year, winning the state title, but will they be able to repeat this year? The answer is pending, with the season’s results still to come. Get out and watch these state champions!