Friday, March 8, 2019

2019 LVS All-District and All-State Selections


Congratulations to this years LVS All-District and All-State selections.  Nolan Women's Soccer had a total of 11 players selected to the TAPPS 1-6A All-District teams this year with 5 of those players being selected to 1st Team including Abby Geiser, Mya Ulloa, Maddie Caffey, Alyssa Spotts, and Alle Steining.  Avery Hutka, Laci Earixson, Sophie Bailey, and Maggie Tepera were all selected to the 2nd team while Allee Kimmey and Beatrice Birbeck took the Honorable Mention spots.

The district also votes for Superlative Awards and of the 4 opportunities, LVSers took 2 of those awards with Abby Geiser winning the District Offensive Player of the Year Award and Avery Hutka taking home the District Newcomer of the Year Award.  This is the second year in a row that Nolan has taken the Newcomer of the Year Award with Geiser winning it last year.

Junior, Mya Ulloa was the lone LVSer to get selected to 1st Team All-State with Geiser and Caffey getting 2nd team.  Spotts breaks into the All-State team for the first time getting Honorable Mention.

These LVSers aren't just good on the field but off the field as well with Spotts, Caffey, Ulloa, and Bailey all receiving Academic All-State honors.  You must be a junior or senior and selected to the All-District 1st or 2nd team to be eligible for this honor along with a cumulative average of 90 or above.

The Lady Vikings have also received the United Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award the last 6 seasons and are eligible again for that award for 2019.  The team must have a average GPA of 3.2 or higher.  Last year the team had an average GPA of 3.6.

Head coach, Jay Fitzgerald is proud of his group, "I am extremely honored to be a part of an amazing group of young ladies that have high expectations off the field too but the consistency year after year if what I am most proud of."

Finishing with an overall record of 19-7-2 the Lady Vikings only lose 5 seniors and return 17 with 9 of those players starters.  LVS outscored opponents 110 to 28 this season only dropping 3 games by 2 goals and scoring in every game except for one.  Notable wins come over national powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas from Florida, Steele Canyon from Southern California, and UIL 6A powerhouse, Keller.  The Lady Vikings were nationally ranked as high as 39 this season marking the 19th time in the past 21 seasons they have received national rankings and respect.

Next up for the Lady Vikings is the End of the Year Banquet with takes place on April 7th at Joe T Garcia's and the most anticipated event of the year, the VSPYs on April 27th.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Post-Season continues TONIGHT at 4pm

The varsity earned a first round playoff bye and a second round home playoff match with an overall record of 19-6-2 and a district runner-up finish.  The Lady Vikings will host John Paul this afternoon at 4:00pm at Doskocil Stadium on the campus of Nolan Catholic High School.

LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald commented, "What a wonderful opportunity to earn a playoff home match to allow our amazing supporters another chance to come out and cheer us on right here in our own back yard."

The match is the first of the double-header with the men playing after at 6:00pm against Prestonwood.  Both matches will be broadcast LIVE.  To watch your LVSers LIVE tomorrow afternoon, CLICK HERE #lvsLIVE

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

LVS finishes up regular season TONIGHT; Post Season for JV & Varsity

The varsity will travel to Mineral Wells tonight to take on WF Rider in a non-district match-up at Mineral Wells Rams Stadium.  Kick-off tonight is scheduled for 5:30pm.  With a current overall record of 19-5-2 and a district runner-up finish, the Lady Vikings received a bi-district playoff bye so will use this match tonight as a playoff prep match to get ready for post-season next week.

The Lady Vikings have rattled off significant results this year against national powerhouse teams like, St. Thomas Aquinas from Florida, Steele Canyon from California, in town teams like Keller High School, travelled to the Tri-Valley Classic in California, hosted the top high school girls showcases, won the Bear Cave Classic, have been ranked as high as #39 in the nation and currently #5 in the area.  Scoring over 4 goals a game and averaging less than a goal a game given up, the Lady Vikings have 16 shutouts on the year.  Seven players on the varsity squad have scored double digits in points combining goals and assists.

Head coach, Jay Fitzgerald said, "We have had a lot of variety this year in terms of our competition, the contribution we are getting from individual players, the versatility of roles, and most of all the leadership."

The Area Round Playoffs begin next Tuesday at home at 4:00pm against John Paul II.  The men will follow at 6:00pm.  Their opponent is to be determined.

The JV will participate in the TAPPS JV Post-Season Tournament tomorrow starting with the semi-final matches kicking off at 9:00am at Gateway Park.  The Lady Vikings will take on Ursuline and the winner will play in the championship match at Nolan Catholic at 1:00pm.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Congrats to the #lvsClassOf2019

The Lady Vikings continued district play at home last night vs All Saints improving to 18-5-2 on the season.

Senior, defender Lauren Bettinger got the night started with her first goal of the year on her first shot of the year.  How fitting it was for her to score the game-winner on SENIOR NIGHT.  It was decided before the season that she would not play her senior season due to a variety of concussions she had throughout her club and high school career.  Head coach, Jay Fitzgerald mentioned, "LVS is a collection of stories and for Lauren to score the first goal of the game, on her first shot of the season is special and it couldn't happened to a more deserving person."

The Lady Vikings went on to score 6 more goals, 2 in the first half and 4 in the second half.  Along with the goals from Bettinger, Abby Geiser scored 2 on the night while Maddie Caffey, Avery Hutka, Maggie Tepera, and Sophie Bailey each scored.

Congratulations to our LVS Class of 2019....
Sophie Bailey
Lauren Bettinger
Maddie Caffey
Deborah Cottrell
Allee Kimmey

Liberty Christian is the opponent on Thursday which will kick-off at 6pm in Argyle.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

SENIOR NIGHT!!!! Monday vs All Saints 6pm

We will be recognizing 5 special seniors following the match tomorrow night vs All Saints.  Kick-Off is at 6:00pm and the senior ceremony is estimated to begin around 7:45pm.  Your LVS Class of 2019 consists of Sophie Bailey, Lauren Bettinger, Maddie Caffey, Deborah Cottrell, and Allee Kimmey.  Cottrell has been apart of LVS for almost a decade as her brother and sisters have all been apart of the program, while Bettinger and Kimmey have also had siblings play in the program.  
This is a special group of seniors that have meant so much to the program compelling over 70 wins for the Lady Vikings outscoring opponents 363-133 with 2 Final Four Appearances.  
Caffey, Bettinger, and Kimmey have been on varsity since their freshman year with Bailey and Cottrell joining their junior years and immediately making an impact.  
The Nolan Catholic Womens Soccer Class of 2019 will be recognized tomorrow night following the match.  Please come out and help celebrate these seniors final season during our 3rd edition of the #lvsSeniorNight #YaBurnt presentation.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

LVSers close out Austin Weekend at Westlake HS TODAY at 1pm

The Lady Vikings traveled to Austin this weekend for a showcase event taking on Rouse High School, Cedar Ridge High School, and Cornerstone Christian.  Starting out the weekend with a scoreless draw against Rouse, the varsity rebounded with a 6-0 win over Cedar Ridge on Friday evening.  Freshman, Avery Hutka recorded the hat trick with Laci Earixson, Maggie Tepera, and Sophie Bailey added one of their own.  Freshman goalkeeper, Alle Steining gets her 11th and 12th shutout on the season, 13th overall for the LVS backline anchored by Alyssa Spotts and Maddie Caffey.

Improving to 16-5-2, the Lady Vikings take on Cornerstone Christian today at 1pm at Westlake High School Stadium.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LVS travels to Austin this week

The Lady Vikings look to rebound after a district loss to TCA last week with a trip to Austin to take on Rouse, Cedar Ridge, and Cornerstone Christian.  Always up for a challenge, strength of schedule is at the top of the list for Nolan Catholic.

LVS, head coach, Jay Fitzgerald said, "We have always had a strong district but we want our non-district schedule to be even more challenging."

With a trip to California, host of the nations top high school girls showcase in NEPS, and matches against top UIL programs in the state, the Lady Vikings want the best experience not just locally but regionally and nationally as well.

With an overall record of 15-5-1 on the season, the Lady Vikings have been ranked #39 in the country and #15 in the state and now are currently #5 in the area.  "Going south and finding quality opponents is good for us.  The travel, the team building, and the change of scenery is key, " mentioned Fitzgerald.

Rouse High School has challenged themselves as well as they competed in NEPS and the Governors Cup playing top competition like Plano West and Southlake Carroll.  Cedar Ridge is no different.  Cornerstone Christian is a school that takes their athletic program to the next level as they compete independently like an IMG out of Florida seeking the best competition and player development.

The Austin trip will help the Lady Vikings refine their strong culture, develop a concrete understanding of program expectations, and of course, build team cohesion and chemistry.  The time is right for the Lady Vikings as they are 9-1 since coming into 2019 defeating powerhouse teams from Florida and California in St. Thomas Aquinas and Steele Canyon as well as local teams like Keller High School.

Thursday night the Lady Vikings take on Rouse at their place at 5:00pm and then right back at it again the following night at Cedar Ridge at 5:30pm.  On Saturday, an opportunity to play at St. Edward's University was made available and that is where the Lady Vikings will take on Cornerstone Christian.  The time of the match will either be at 1pm or 3pm.

Follow the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer team on Twitter and Instagram @nolansoccer.  Events, pre-games, and matches will be updated and at times LIVE.