And those connected to the Borgia soccer Lady Knights hope there are many more victories to come this season.
Borgia (2-5, 1-2) earned its first win last Friday night with a 5-1 victory over visiting Kennedy on a windy, cold night at the Borgia Athletic Field.
“The entire game was played with the same quality and intensity level as our Visitation game,” Borgia Head Coach Grant Kang said. “However, we were able to connect on our passes more easily, and disrupt Kennedy’s rhythm of possession more effectively.”
The Lady Knights exploded in the second half for four goals while Kennedy earned its only marker in the second 40 minutes of action.
In the first half, Borgia had several strong scoring chances, but couldn’t make them work until senior Emily Grahl found the net late in the first half with Wendy Wrocklage assisting.
Maddie Toelke scored Borgia’s second goal with Janie Arand assisting. Haley Herbst made it 3-0 on an assist from Grahl. Grahl then scored with Herbst assisting.
The final goal was scored by Allie Wilson on an assist by Janie Arand.
Borgia had missed a penalty kick in the first half.
Chelsea Pohl earned the win in net.
Win No. 2 came Thursday at home against Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division foe Bishop DuBourg, 7-1.
Grahl scored twice with Toelke, Allie Wilson, Parker Wehking, Natalie Ruether and Herbst also scoring.
Janie Arand posted tow assists. Toelke, Megan Heger, Rachel Kren and Wehking picked up assists.
Borgia led 3-1 at the intermission and scored the other four goals in the second half.
“We have been steadily improving our defensive performance, the quality of possession, and tinkering with alternative formations,” Kang said. “These three areas coalesced nicely against Bishop DuBourg. Our defenders won the ball; our midfielders brought the ball into the attacking third of the field; and our forwards finished the opportunities that were created. This was only our second win of the season so far, and it has helped our confidence.”
The Lady Knights host St. Pius Friday afternoon and visit Washington on Monday for the annual Town Showdown.
“Over the summer, we scrimmaged against Washington and they annihilated us,” Kang said. “I am just hoping that we have improved enough defensively to keep the gap between our scores smaller and that we at least make them work for any goals that they score on Monday.”
Borgia’s scheduled game at Monday Rosati-Kain was postponed due to a death in the Rosati-Kain community.
Borgia was able to stay close Tuesday night at St. Dominic, falling 2-0.
“In the first half, we had a few chances to score, but could not convert the chances into goals,” Kang said. “St. Dominic played very well, and scored two goals in the first half. In the second half, neither team was able to score.”
Kang said St. Dominic pressured, but Borgia was able to withstand the attacks.
“Our defense bent, but did not break, even when St. Dominic pressed the attack at times by pressing two defenders deep into the attack,” Kang said. “Our defensive organization was excellent, and everyone was very happy that we were able to fight St. Dominic to a draw in the second half.”
Visitation Academy showed local girls soccer fans why it’s considered an early-season favorite to make noise in the MSHSAA playoffs with a 6-0 victory Wednesday at Borgia.
The Vivettes (3-1) scored early and often, netting four times in the first half and twice in the second half.
Borgia did have the first good scoring chance of the game, but a hard shot hit the crossbar and Visitation took the lead soon after that.
Josie Krawitz played in net for Borgia.
“We played well against Visitation,” said Kang. “The possession statistics showed a close game. In fact, both teams were within 0.3 passes-per-possession of each other in the first half, and within 0.2 passes-per-possession of each other in the second half. Visitation did have the longer time of possession in both halves, and that is what allowed them to score. After the game, their coach complimented our team on the quality of our communication, our shape discipline, and our competitive spirit. Coming from Mr. Dick Westbrook, the dean of soccer coaching for scores of years at the club soccer level, that was very high praise.”