The success Kennedy has had in its first season out of Section 1 continued Wednesday as the Gaels defeated Christ the King 5-0 in the intersectional city championship at Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.
Leah Greene scored four goals in this final, which was being held for the first time between the Catholic school champions of Westchester/Bronx/Staten Island (Kennedy) and Queens/Brooklyn (Christ the King).
It has been a season of firsts for the Gaels (18-1). Last Saturday, Kennedy was the first non-Staten Island team to win the CHSAA Archdiocese, beating Notre Dame Academy 2-1.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” Gaels’ coach Brent Tieber said. “It’s nice to make a little history.”
Kennedy has been impressive the entire season, scoring 93 goals while allowing only three.
While consistently winning by such a large margin might cause a team to overlook opponents, Tieber said injuries to key players down the stretch kept up the entire team’s concentration.
“The girls had to focus,” Tieber said. “I think that really brought them together.”
The Gaels face Nardin Academy, a Buffalo-based school, in the semifinals of the CHSAA state tournament Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Aviator complex.
“When you get to this point, it’s really up to the girls,” Tieber said.
Rye Country Day 2, Hamden Hall 1: In a Fairchester Athletic Associaton tournament semifinal game at No. 1 Rye Country Day, Sophie Brown and Taylor Regan each scored. The Wildcats will host No. 3 Greenwich Academy in the final Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Below are photos of the entire team and seniors in front of the scoreboard. Photos are courtesy of Kennedy assistant coach Kathleen Lange.