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Girls' Soccer Three-peats as State Champs!
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Winning back-to-back state titles is a feat. For a program to win its third during a highly unusual pandemic season—which was forced to begin nearly a month late, and had to navigate intermittent COVID school closings—is nothing short of momentous.

Before mask-wearing fans gathered on the Bugliari World Cup Soccer Field on Sunday, the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team—9-3-1, seeded #1—managed to do just that. With a 5-2 victory over Oak Knoll in the NJSIAA Central West D Tournament finals, they notched their third straight state title.

Kat Anderson '21 led Big Blue with two goals, while Elle Dziadzio '21, Olivia Volpe '21, and Bella Goodwin '23 added one each. Sophia Cavaliere '21 contributed two assists, and Michelle Lee '22, Greta Pew '24, and Emma Huang '21 chipped in one apiece. Caitlin Schwarz '22 and Delaney Swain '24 combined for six saves.

In an interview with NJ.com reporter Megan Mulligan, Head Coach Lauren Molinaro expressed her pride, not to mention the bigger picture. "The resilience that the kids had, to be fluid and flexible, taught them a lot of life lessons. This season taught them that things aren't guaranteed, which translates into 'wow, nothing is guaranteed,' which translates to realizing that you need to be present in every moment."

Read more about their victory.

Congratulations, Big Blue!

 

Remember the team's state final win over DePaul last year.

And their 2018 win over Red Bank Catholic.


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org