Here is Jermaine Dennis’ recap of Holy Child’s win in the semifinals of the NYSAIS tournament.
In the course of one season, Holy Child’s girls soccer team transformed itself into a winning program and now finds itself in the state final.
The Gryphons defeated visiting Columbia Prep 2-0 in the semifinals of the NYSAIS tournament Friday and will travel to Manhattanville College to face Riverdale in the final Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
In Beau Morki’s first year as the varsity coach, the team’s record has gone from 3-14-1 to a 12-1-5.
“Our motto this year has been attitude, passion, and belief,” Morki said. “The girls had all three of those things this season. … They embodied the Holy Child spirit.”
Holy Child’s Tanya Slipsager scored the first goal in the first half on a free kick from 30 yards out. Samantha Corbi scored in the second half after she intercepted a pass and dribbled past a couple of defenders.
Holy Child has relied on senior captain and goalie Maggie Welsh, who finished with seven saves. The shutout is the Gyphons’ school-record seventh of the season.
“The biggest factor for our success is that they play with their hearts,” Morki said. “Whether we win or lose on Sunday, they have empowered themselves to be great.”
Photo of Holy Child celebrating win courtesy of Gryphons’ coach Beau Morki.
Some more facts about Holy Child’s turnaround season courtesy of Jermaine Dennis:
* Prior to this season, Holy Child had never been in the playoffs.
* Last season the Gryphons were 3-14-1. This season they are 12-1-5.
* Last season Holy Child scored 20 goals and conceded 65 goals. This
season the Gryphons have scored 37 goals and allowed 14, both school records.
* Holy Child posted seven shutouts this season, also a school record.
* All of the Gryphons postseason goals (six) were scored by different
* Next week Holy Child will start play in the Fairfield Athletic
Association as the fourth seed. It’s the highest seed the team has had for the tournament in school
* The 12 regular season wins is the most in program history.