By Josh Levine
The St. Ignatius girls soccer team did something Wednesday against Sacred Heart that they haven’t done for 20 days – put a ball into the net.
The Wildcats broke a four-game scoreless streak with three first-half goals in a 3-0 West Catholic Athletic League win over rival Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday at the Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields.
“The goal-scoring drought was tough on us,” said St. Ignatius senior captain Alexa Robinson. “We really wanted to win today. We were pumped up especially after we tied them last time we played. We got our momentum going with that early goal and those other two goals sealed it for us.”
Three different players, including Robinson and fellow senior captain Kate Bettinger, each scored one goal for the Wildcats (4-6-6, 1-3-5). The Wildcats took 28 total shots, including 20 on goal. Irish goalkeeper Sara Harrington had a busy day with 17 saves.
Sacred Heart (8-5-4, 1-5-3) managed only one shot in the first half, but came on strong in the second half with 11 shots, with nine of those on goal.
“I told my team we played 40 minutes in an 80 minute game,” said Sacred Heart head coach Matt Nuttall. “We had a much better second half. It seemed like in the first half we watched the game. We’re disappointed, [but] we showed the kind of team we are in the second half.”
The win was the fourth-consecutive game in which the Wildcats have held their opponents scoreless, but three of those games have been draws.
“We’ve been able to get points on the draws. A win gets us two points in league and a draw gets us one, so it’s always better than losing,” said St. Ignatius head coach Carlos
Rodgers Escobar. “Ideally, we want to get a home game in the playoffs and we need to win our last three games to have a shot at that. Today we gained a lot of offensive confidence and that’s important going ahead.”