Here is my colleague Debbie Schechter’s story on Holy Child winning the NYSAIS state championship.
With the championship game of the New York State Association of Independent Schools girls soccer tournament tied in the second overtime, Holy Child sophomore Kathleen Daly scored off of a pass from Samantha Korby with 4:35 left in overtime to beat Riverdale 2-1 and give the Gryphons the title Sunday evening at Manhattanville College.
Daly was the leading scorer for the Gryphons (13-1-5) all season, with 10 goals.
One year ago, this team had a record of 3-14-1.
“The girls deserved it,” Gryphons coach Beau Morki said. “They’ve earned it from day one. No one expected us to be where we are. The girls believed in themselves. Our motto this year was attitude, passion, and belief — they had all three, especially going into a second overtime. They had to believe in themselves to get the win and they did.”
The game went into two ten minute overtime periods but it wasn’t a golden goal situation.
Maggie Walsh made nine saves in the game.
Korby scored in the first half to give the Gryphons the 1-0 lead.
The season comes with some school records including the most wins in school history (13); the most goals scored in school history (39); the least amount of goals allowed in school history (15); most shutouts in school history with (seven).
“I told them that now they’ll be the team that all soccer teams at Holy Child will be measured by,” Morki said. “They’re going to be 2013 state champions. They earned it.”
Holy Child will begin play in the Fairchester Athletic Association quarterfinals Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Child against Hamden Hall.