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Making her debut as the emergency goalkeeper, Cassidy was sterling as the backstop for the Pirates. Covering from upright to upright, keeping balls out from under the crossbar and making one great diving save, she was confident and skilled in front of the net. The Pirates arguably played their best game of the young season in the final match of the Catholic Cup and Cassidy's leadership and proficiency was a true spark and inspiration for her teammates.
In a tight 2-0 first half, Cassidy assisted on Mary Brummel's opening goal in the eighth minute while scoring her first goal of the game in the 25th. It was a grinder's goal with a touch of flair, keeping possession off a rebound, dribbling a defender at the end line then squeezing it through the defender and goalkeeper. Five minutes into the second half, Cassidy added the capper to put the Pirates up 3-0 with her second goal of the afternoon. Hard charging and dangerous in the attacking third, Cassidy certainly earned her player of the game honor.
In a 10-0, 40 minute opening league game win, Cassidy had two goals and an assist. Her first goal, the Pirates second of the game in the second minute of the game, came off a left-footed scorcher just inside the post. Scoring again in the seventh minute for St. Mary's fourth goal, then assisting on a long-range shot from Brooklyn Valdez in the twenty first, Cassidy's complete game led a great team effort. Her sharp eye and quick start bolstered her teammates and encouraged them to play their own style at their own technical level.