Posted on: September 24, 2021

Hurting from the day prior and now without centreback Karah Miller, the Spartans looked to take on Ross away under similarly unfavorable circumstances. Apart from Karah, JV Maroon had several other girls with lesser knocks that meant substitutions would be a challenge, especially when they only had three on the bench. Not only that, but bursts of rain and a field riddled with holes would make the match challenging before the Spartans even stepped onto the Ross grass field.

The field struck early, leading to an unfortunate stumble by goalkeeper Maddie Knowles and a prompt Ross goal in the 10th minute, taking the concept of a home-field advantage to the extreme. However, the Spartans were undeterred. Some strong offensive work was left unrewarded as the girls forced themselves into the Ross attacking third. However, a moment of patchy defensive coverage cost them a second goal with eleven minutes on the clock, and Ross led 2-0 at the end of the first half.

As they’ve done in every game this far, the Spartans outperformed their opponents in the second half. Strong defensive work by Rylie Gast and Sara Carnevale helped turn away the Ross offensive while goalkeeper Maddie Knowles made several strong saves to hold the Rams at bay. However, unlucky goals in the 5th and 7th minute made a comeback unlikely, although someone forgot to tell JV Maroon that. With some fantastic bits of offensive play from Kari Proffitt, Sophie Roberts, and Sarah Jordan, the Spartans looked as if they would put a few in the net. Though the lack of healthy subs made for tired legs and ever-changing positions, they never gave up. In the end, the loss of the midfield battle kept the Spartans from maintaining possession, as it’s difficult to do so when the ball spends 80% of the time in the air. Another goal with 8 minutes on the clock sealed a 5-0 victory for Ross, but JV Maroon stood tall. They face off against St. Ursula away on Wednesday. 


-Caroline Kohls

Senior Mentor / Coaching Assistant