I know it’s a day late, but here is the story, via one of my colleagues, on Kennedy’s loss to a talented St. John the Baptist team in the CHSAA state finals.
On Sunday when Kennedy traveled to Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn to play St. John the Baptist in the CHSAA final, it matched up against the best team that the Gaels played all season, according to coach Brent Tieber.
Even after a 2-1 loss, Tieber was impressed with the way his team responded in the competitive match against a team that he referred to as more than a worthy opponent.
“They were actually a really good team,” Tieber said. “They handled the ball well and played a lot of good one-touch soccer. A loss doesn’t hurt as much when the other team plays good soccer.”
In the second half, Gaels sweeper Kiera Hennessy scored a goal from about 40 yards out, but with just twelve minutes remaining in the game, a comeback was a tall order for Kennedy.
“We kept pushing but they were pushing back,” Tieber said. “If we hadn’t of stepped our game up, it would’ve been a blowout.”
Goalie Mackenzie Helsin-Scott led a strong defensive effort for the Gaels and had 15 saves.
“Our defense played excellent,” Tieber said. “They really stepped up and made the plays that they needed to make to keep the game close. Our defense has been solid all year.”
This season was the Gael’s first year in the CHSAA.
The team finished with a record of 19-2 and won the first-ever girl’s intersectional title.
“You don’t get many teams like this,” Tieber said. “They worked as hard as they could to try and earn championships.”