Sacred Heart soccer goes 2-0 in less than 24 hours, beats Masters, Miss Porter’s

It’s been an exhausting 24 hours for the Convent of the Sacred Heart soccer team, but one that head coach Logan Condon will gladly take.

Playing Masters School yesterday afternoon and coming back on the pitch earlier today to play Miss Porter’s School, the Tigers picked up two key victories, beating Masters 2-1 and returning back to Sacred Heart to blank Miss Porter’s 2-0.

“I am very happy that the girls were able to rise to the challenge,” Condon said. “It’s hard to come off a victory and they focused right away and change your thoughts for the next game. They kept their focus, knew the job in hand and took it all in stride.”

Against Miss Porter’s School, sophomore Tracey Hagan got the ball rolling by taking the pass from freshman Julia Pogge and finding the back of the net in the 29th minute. Only 20 minutes later, CSH struck again, as sophomore Alessandra Nocco gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers shared goaltending duties against Miss Porter’s, as freshman Delaney Colaio finished with three saves and Nocco added two. As a team, Sacred Heart finished with 14 shots on goal while Masters only had five.

“Our defense was outstanding and was led by senior Tara Hammonds, who is our leader back there,” Condon said. “She’s the one that keeps everybody glued together and did an amazing job making sure every piece back there was in place and kept Delaney, who is filling in for Charlie (Clark) because of a concussion, out of harm’s way.”

A day earlier, Sacred Heart was on the road, but still was able to come out with the 2-1 victory over a tough Masters team.

Hagan once again got the Tigers on the board first, finding the net in the 33rd minute. Freshman Emily Cleary netted the assist on the play. However, 10 minutes later, Masters answered, as freshman Samantha Coffey fired the equalizer.

Sacred Heart came away with the victory when senior Colleen O’Neill was cool under pressure and beat Masters goalie Willa Dow for the goal in the 65th minute.

In net, Colaio finished with 10 saves, while Dow had a dozen in the losing effort. CSH also had a 21-16 advantage in shots on goal.

“Getting two wins like this is a great little test to see the integrity of our team and see how we can handle two games in a row, especially in this tough little stretch before the end of the regular season,” Condon said. “It’s a great test and the girls have really been in front of it and have taken it up a notch.”

On Sunday, Sacred Heart gets a much-deserved day off, but they are back at it Monday afternoon when they host Greens Farms Academy on Senior Day. Game time is slated for 4:30 p.m.

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