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St. Paul’s Has Monday Win Streak Going Strong

St. Paul’s School for Girls soccer team increase their overall record to 6-2 and keep their Monday-win streak alive with a 3-1 win against Maryvale Oct. 3.

“They did everything they were supposed to,” coach Don Keener said. “They got good shots, good runs to the goal and we were in the right place at the right time to finish a couple.”

St. Paul’s was ahead of most in their conference, having played lot of their games up front — five games in nine days to start off their season. They had a week off before Maryvale, and the time off proved beneficial.

“We’ve gotten a lot better,” Keener said, “and I think a lot of our tactical stuff is really in place that we can attack teams from a lot of different angles. We should see some positive outcomes the rest of the way.”

The Gators saw production from all angles against the Lions, maintaining possession throughout most of the game, stopping shots on the defensive side, but generally keeping the ball away from the goal.

Eliza Clarke was a huge part of the scoring opportunities on the evening, passing from the right corner where Maclean Liotta picked it up for the first goal and scoring the second goal on the right post off a left-field pass.

Freshman Julia Braigg was close to bringing it to three in the second half with a shot to the top of the key that bounced off the post. But it wasn’t until Katerina Stavrakis’ run upfield, outpacing Maryvale for three-quarters of the field until it was just her and the goalie, that St. Paul’s made it to three.

Tiffany McKee recorded six shots on the evening, but let one pass through toward the end of the second half, after making a diving catch that was just seconds too late.

St. Paul’s plays Friends Oct. 6, an intense rivalry that St. Paul’s was able to avenge last year. After two years of losses to Friends, St. Paul’s claimed victory in 2010, walking away with a 1-0 win in overtime at Friends School. Keener is hoping for a similar result Wednesday.

“We’re going to play them hard like we did last year,” he said. “It’s going to probably be a one or two goal game, but we’re hoping for the same result as last year; hopefully this time in regulation.”

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