Thompson's Station, TN - In a matchup against undefeated teams, Ravenwood stepped up and delivered a convincing 7-0 win to move to 2-0 in district and remain unbeaten for the season.
Senior Caroline Hopfensperger was asked to talk about how the team stepped up. "We've worked really hard in practice. We won the first 5 minutes which was great. We started off intense and that really set the mood for the whole game."
All three phases of the Lady Raptor game came ready to play and they executed immediately. Summit, for much of the first half, would not get much closer to goal than the 18 yard box. Backliners Abigail White, Lauren Finan, Madison Sumatra, and Kelsey Foley built a wall that could not be penetrated. Emma Parrott, Caroline Hopfensperger, Karley Wilson, and Kennedy McCoy also ensured the shutout would be protected. Early in the game, Finan made several tone setting hustle plays that would help give Ravenwood the momentum.
There will be games when goalies Emma Petty and Faith Vanston will be called on to make great saves. Thanks to the defense, this was not one of those games.
Sophomore Abigail White, specifically, has been one of the real brightspots this year. Coach Londono was asked about her contribution. "She's done amazing for us. A good example was one of the last plays of the game when she went after the strongest and fastest player on their team and took the ball away from her. She just doesn't back down. She has certainly been one of the amazing bright spots of the season and we need those."
In the middle, Blare Gerido, Sierra Hetherington, and Savannah Harris played tough defensively and quickly helped get the offense started. Ana Bridgeman and Clara Miller also made significant contributions.
Gerido was asked about the game and the midfield play. "It was an awesome game. We've worked really really hard for this so its good to know we're making the progress that we need to. I'm so proud of our midfielders. We've had to make a lot of adjustments with Grace Parsons out and my injury but, at the end of the day, we all come together and get the job done."
With the midfield and backliners in complete control, the offensive group went to work. Led by Karlie Paschall who, in the 12th minute took a pass from Kelsey Foley and slotted it past the Summit goalie for the 1-0 early lead. In the 21st minute, 2 Raptor midfielders would team up when Blare Gerido fed Sierra Hetherington giving the Raptors a 2 goal lead. Before halftime, Foley and Paschall would team up again making the score 3-0.
Just 4 minutes into the second half, Pashcall would get her 3rd goal on a thru pass from Savannah Harris. Savannah Hill would add two more goals and Claire Fallon would also find the net to make the final score 7-0.
Summit was undefeated coming into the game. Coach Londono challenged the team to step up. Here's what he said about their performance. "They did an awesome job. There's a lot of things our girls did that are really really hard to do. It takes a certain level of soccer IQ and soccer intelligence that not everyone can see. You look at the score and maybe think it was easy but it was very very difficult given that we played on a very small field. Today they did fantastic. We call it insight. They delivered and I was really proud of them."
The JV also remained undefeated and kept up the offensive onslaught with an 8-0 win against the Summit JV squad. Mia Fraser and Cassidy Fessmire each had 3 goals a piece. Brooke Brown and Anna Jahr also scored for the JV Lady Raptors. Tasia Gaddis had 2 assists.
Faith Vanston and Savannah Arenth combined for the clean sheet.
Next Thursday, September 1st, both teams are at home against CPA. The JV game is at 5, the varsity game starts at 7. All current Ravenwood students will have the opportunity to complete in the halftime kick challenge and win one of three $10 gift cards from Outlanders Chicken in Nolensville.