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When you give up five goals in a league championship match, you would never expect a defender to be named Player of the Game. Katie, however, was the standout player to play with heart and energy. Her one shot on goal, her runs forward and her headers to clear the ball were outstanding examples of how big time players have big games at crucial times.
Simply the most dynamic player on the pitch today, Katie had both a goal and an assist in the Pirates 5-0 league win. Her goal showed poise, determination and skill as she dribbled through the defense from behind the midfield line. Clearly embracing her new midfield role, Katie is fast improving to the point of becoming an integral part of both the team's offense and defense.
Already down 2-0 18 minutes into the first half, Katie hit for a golazo in the 19th minute from the left wing. Easily 35 yards out on the left wing, Katie cranked a shot that cleared the keeper and found the back of the net to cut the lead in half. It would lead to another Pirate goal 18 minutes later to briefly tie the match. Though Holy Family would go on to a dominant win, Katie's goal, effort and hustle was a bright highlight in an otherwise spotty performance by St. Mary's.
Katie spearheaded superb wide midfield play for St. Mary's this evening. In addition to a goal in a 2-0 win and two shots on goal out of thirteen total for the Pirates, Katie tracked back time and again to thwart offensive threats from Fountain Valley. Her work rate and proficiency playing as a wing back inspired excellent offensive and defensive play from Claire O'Connor as her counterpart on the other side, as well as Sarah Slominski, Lexie Friend and Kylie Barta. Leading a strong team showing causes Katie to be our leading player of the game.
Katie absolutely torched the turf at the Grace Center in the final league match of the season. Honoring St. Mary's senior, Katie (a junior) scored three of the Pirates first four goals. Her scorching start propelled her team to a convincing 11-1 win. It secured the Pirates an undefeated Region 1 record and league championship. Playing tough, aggressive soccer both on offense and defense from her wingback position. Katie lit it up and led her team to its eleventh win in thirteen games, also St. Mary's ninth win in a row.