Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Look Back: All-Time Greatest Nolan Showcase Matches

 Nolan Catholic vs. No. 1 Colleyville Heritage
Colleyville Heritage had Caitlin Kennedy, Jessica Maxwell and Michelle Makasini and were ranked No. 1 in both the FAB 50 and the NSCAA polls. The match was played at Doskocil Stadium at Nolan Catholic and it was back and forth. Colleyville Heritage owned the majority of the play but Nolan Catholic was very organized and got numbers behind the ball very well and attacked very. The first goal came off a set piece about 40 yards out for Nolan Catholic and they were able to flick a ball on for an oncoming Nolan forward, Megan Jagger. The score was 1-0 at halftime and then just into the second half Nolan scored again to go up by two goals - the goal was off a nice entry pass in behind and the Nolan midfielder Savannah Campbell got on the end of it and served the ball nice and low and it was knocked in by Texas A&M standout, Becky Olson. The game was back and forth for the remainder of the game and Nolan was able to hold on to the lead and win 2-0.

 Colleyville Heritage vs. Ursuline Academy
The very next year Colleyville Heritage made it to the final once again but now they were up against Ursuline Academy. This match was the battle of private school's best and public school's best. Ursuline scored early off a corner and really had several other chances as the game went on and Colleyville Heritage could not get their rhythm until about the last five minutes of the match when they put all sorts of pressure on Ursuline and ended up scoring off a counter which was saved and then the rebound found the back of the next for a 1-1 tie. The match went into OT and nothing much happened during extra time so the match went into penalties. The shootout was from the spot and it was a good one - the first two shooters from each team converted and then Ursuline missed. Colleyville Heritage went on to score twice more and had a chance to win the game with their fifth shooter but the Ursuline GK saved the shot. Ursuline won in with the seventh sudden death shooter.

 Nolan Catholic vs. No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas
The match was the 8 p.m. game and the weather was perfect. The match was televised locally and there was a crowd on hand of about 500 people. The matched started with Nolan taking a bit of a beating but then it settled down into a pretty good match where all the play was in the midfield and in the 17th minute Nolan built out of the back and played into the midfield and up to the two targets - the targets played off each other and got in behind and TCU Soccer Buzz All-Central Region, Jackie Torda scored off an assist from current junior midfielder Chelsea Heimann. Nolan finished the half off very string putting together many other string opportunities. The second half St. Thomas was very good - during the first 15 minutes they created about six corners and put Nolan on their heels for most of the half. Nolan did pick it up midway through and started getting themselves into the attack a bit more and that is when St. Thomas struck on their first goal of the match on a counter and then about five minutes later in the 75th minute it took the lead off a corner. Nolan threw everything forward and for the next five minutes created several chances to even the game and in the 79th minute was awarded a penalty shot when the current Nolan junior forward Mallory Baum was taken down in the box and she attempted to spin a defender. Then she was a freshman and took it upon herself to take the game tying penalty as
time expired. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Coppell vs. No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas
This was one of the best games I have seen but the fact that there was no score made it rank below some of the other games. This game was back and forth - St. Thomas Aquinas' Kiki Bosio was all over the place as well as Coppell's Jasmine Avant. The speed of the game was impressive. Not many chances on goal but the midfield play was fun to watch - a lot of creative play, combination play, and hard tackles. The match went into PKs as well and Coppell had a chance to win the game on the fifth shooter and most of the shots were saved by both keepers. The St. Thomas Gk saved the shot and in sudden death St. Thomas, which was led by Caitlin Miskel, won the game on the next shot.

2011 San Clemente (CA) vs St. Thomas Aquinas (FL)
The marquee match Saturday pitted San Clemente and St. Thomas Aquinas in a morning contest that was played in a light drizzle. Aquinas, which had defeated FAB 50 No. 1 McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) a day earlier, was 18-0 and had not allowed a goal all season. The Raiders’ streak was snapped with 9:42 left in the first half when an unmarked Coxe one-timed a shot past the Aquinas keeper. The play started when Farris served a ball from the left wing the top of the 6-yard box, intended for Tessa Andujar. Aquinas’ keeper charged off her line and disrupted the cross, but the ball ended up at the feet of Coxe, who right-footed it into the right side of the goal. Aquinas pressured San Clemente late in the second half, but could not get the equalizer, ending the Showcase with a 3-1 record. By virtue of its win over Boyd, Aquinas was considered the No. 2 team at the event.

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