GVS Shutout GFA For First Win

Dan Clarke
The Girls Varsity Soccer team recorded its first win of the season on Friday, September 22 with a dominant 2-0 victory over Greens Farms Academy.

The Storm came out strong and quickly got on the board with a long range effort from Lea Panagiotidis ‘20 after just two and a half minutes. GVS would double their lead at 4:17 when Caroline Lau ‘22 volleyed into the top corner from around 12 yards.

St. Luke’s continued to cause the home team problems with Panagiotidis and India Otero ‘19 both coming close to increasing the advantage before half time. GFA’s best effort came with a couple of minutes remaining in the first half but they were denied by an impressive diving save from Sammy Grayson ‘21 in the Storm goal.

In the second period, the Storm’s back line of Thaise Sudano ‘18, Noelle Rushil ‘18, Jackie Thompson ‘20 and Ali Gall ‘22 shut down the Dragon’s offense limiting their FAA rivals to just five attempts on goal.

Head Coach Dan Clarke said after the game: “It was a solid performance from start to finish and a thoroughly deserved win. I thought we really took the game to them in the first half and could have been a couple more up at half time. We knew they would throw everything at us in the second half but our defense did a great job.”

St. Luke’s has had a tough start to the season going 0-3 before Friday’s victory but Clarke believes this could be the turning point for his squad: “We knew we had a tough start but didn’t expect to be 0-3. I hope this will be the catalyst to get us going as we still have a lot of games and a long way to go.”

Next up: Girls Varsity Soccer host The Masters School on Wednesday, September 27 at 4:30pm.

Photos provided by Heidi Laub
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