St. Luke's girls soccer team reflects on pair of championships
Updated 5:29 pm, Tuesday, November 22, 2011
After the St. Luke's girls soccer team won eight consecutive games to capture an FAA Championship, it would have been easy for the Storm to get complacent, but the team didn't stop there.
Following the FAA tournament, St. Luke's competed in the New England tournament and also brought that title home. As the top seed in the New England tourney, St. Luke's tacked on three more victories to win a second championship while closing out the season with an 11-game winning streak.
"I think it's one of those things that once we got going we couldn't stop," senior captain and center defender Kelly Seaver said. "We found our groove playing together and found out how to play our game no matter what the competition was, and that really helped us."
St. Luke's brought home its first of the two tournament crowns with a dominant 6-1 win in the FAA Championship game against Greenwich Academy. The Storm took a quick 1-0 lead on a goal by Caroline Parsons, who scored on a free kick after only 2:34 had expired. Less than 20 minutes into the game, St. Luke's had built a 4-0 lead. According to coach Dan Clarke, it was a game where "everything went our way."
"It was a great feeling and we just came out flying," Clarke said. "It was one of those games where everything went right for us. We got momentum early and went from there."
Parsons netted the hat trick for St. Luke's and the Storm also got goals from Lillie Diomede, Taylor Callaghan and Salma Anastasio. Parsons and Anastasio each dished out a pair of assists and Diomede added one of her own. Goalie Melanie Bow made 11 saves to ensure that there would be no comeback.
Unsatisfied even after winning its league crown, St. Luke's began the New England tournament as the top seed and reeled off three straight wins for its second title. The 11-game winning streak culminated with a 1-0 win in the New England Championship game over Brewster Academy on Sunday. Anastasio scored the only goal of the contest.
"We always thought we were going to be competitive in our league. One goal was to at least make the FAA playoffs and see how far we could go in it," Clarke said. "We played Greenwich in the second game of the season and tied them 2-2 [after being down 2-0]. From that point on, the girls really believed they could compete with GA, and the confidence built from there."
Although they stated that the team's confidence steadily rose as the season went on, competing for championships was not something that was out of question for St. Luke's, even before the season started.
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"The first time we were all together was for tryouts at a camp in Massachusetts," Seaver said. "We played scrimmages against other teams, and you could tell how good the team could be and we saw the potential there."
"We had a game against Rye High School, which is one of the hardest games all season," senior captain and center defender Hannah Butman said. "We went in working really hard and only lost 1-0. We realized how much potential we had by playing such a good team. We came back from that and worked even harder."
The two senior captains each indicated that they couldn't have written a better ending to their high school soccer careers.
"It's honestly the most amazing feeling knowing that we went as far you could possibly go," Seaver said. "You can't do any better than we did which is pretty amazing."
"It was definitely really good for the St. Luke's soccer program. It was what we wanted since the beginning of the season and we've been working hard for it all," Butman said. "The team bonded, we worked great together, we worked hard in practice and we were really driven. That's how everything came together."