Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lopsided road losses; JV rebounds

With a massive district win to start last week on the road at Prestonwood, the Lady Vikings suffer 2 losses the very next day at Hockaday with the JV surrendering a 4-1 defeat and the varsity upended 5-0.  

"Our energy was directed elsewhere, our over-confidence got the best of us, and we just got beat by a good team, " LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald mentioned.  Fitzgerald referring to his varsity teams' inability to handle the success after the big win the day before.

With a goal conceded early and late in the first half, the Lady Vikings couldn't take advantage of some solid opportunities created in the opening half.  Fitzgerald continued, "When we watched the game as a team, we created some very good situations that we are use to creating but we were too far gone mentality before the game even started and couldn't recover."

The JV had an opportunity to reflect as well and put their words to action on Friday night with their best performance of the season.  Paola Vazquez led the way with 4 goals with Alex Alvarado, Victoria Clark, and Madison Ginani each added one of their own.  

With several players sidelined due to some minor injuries the Lady Vikings were able to learn from the early week loss and put together a solid shutout victory at home over Greenhill 7-0.

GK, Paige Oulhouse on the big win
Yesterday’s game was incredible. We totally played as a team, we had a rhythm and a pace that we haven’t seen before. We are in a place of skill and drive that is brand new.    

Katie Hards on where her team is

Last night was a big step up for us. It's was probably one of the best games I've ever seen us play. The timing, the runs and the team transition was perfect. It really gave us a lot of confidence individually and as a team.

The Lady Vikings continue back to back matches this week with the varsity traveling to Liberty Christian on Monday and John Paul on Tuesday.  The JV with just one game on the week on the road with the varsity on Tuesday at John Paul.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

LVSers cruise to victory; On the road tonight

The senior, freshman combination continues as Megan Bettinger and Abby Geiser accounted for 8 goals and 4 assists on the evening with 5 goals coming off the foot of Bettinger and 3 from Geiser.  A total of 7 LVSers got on the score sheet last night with goalkeeper, Avery Boley earning her 3rd shutout of the season.

The Lady Vikings started out very string and stayed consistent throughout the entire match combining for goals from a variety of different areas of the field.  "There was build up play, there was counter attacking, there were opportunities off restarts, there was gritty individual effort, and quick combination play, " said LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald

Taking a 4-0 lead into halftime, the Lady Vikings continued to build on that lead throughout the second half of play improving to 4-2-0 on the season.

Hockaday is the next stop for Nolan Catholic tonight at 5:00pm for the JV and Varsity teams.

- Match Report -

Match: Nolan Catholic Lady Vikings vs Prestonwood Christian Academy
Date: Dec. 5, 2017
Competition: TAPPS 1-6A District Match
Venue: Prestonwood Stadium
Kickoff: 7:00pm CT
Weather: 48 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
LVS                           4      5      9
PCA                           0      0      0

LVS: Megan Bettinger 11' (Abby Geiser)
LVS: Megan Bettinger 21' (Abby Geiser)
LVS: Megan Bettinger 29' (Abby Geiser)
LVS: Megan Bettinger 31' (Abby Geiser)
LVS: Abby Geiser 48' (Rachel Firestone)
LVS: Abby Geiser 50' (Grace Gnatovic)
LVS: Abby Geiser 52' (Deborah Cottrell)
LVS: Meghan Kittleson 62' (Maggie Tepera)
LVS: Megan Bettinger 78' (Meghan Kittleson)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friday Night Lights; Underclassmen roll

The Lady Vikings improve to 3-2-0 in district play with a 9-0 win over Parish Episcopal on Friday night.  The usual suspects were on tap on the evening with seniors Megan Bettinger, Meghan Kittleson (3 assists), and Mikaela Gamboa accounting for 5 of the 9 goals.  Bettinger and Gamboa each scored 2 goals.  Bettinger commented about the team, "We got a shutout and our 3 points and have really worked on our structure and shape as a team going into Prestonwood.  I am really proud of us going into next week and the rest of the season."

Of the 6 goals, underclassmen had a part with freshman, Abby Geiser leading the way for the Lady Vikings with a hat trick on top of 2 assists.  Sophomore, Rachel Firestone scored her first career high school goal on the evening as well.  Maggie Tepera added a goal and assist.

"We have to make up for 50 goals we lost year to graduation and the leadership from our seniors and juniors are making its way down to our younger players and with 26 goals in 5 games is a start.  There are a lot of good things we have taken from our first 5 games and we are much farther ahead then we were at this time last year," commented LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald.

The Lady Vikings continue district play next week on the road on Tuesday at Prestonwood.  The very next day the JV and Varsity travel to Hockaday for a 5:00pm kick-off, both teams play at the same time.  Then on Friday, there will be a JV doubleheader as the Lady Vikings host Greenhill at 5:30pm with the boys following at 7:00pm.

- Match Report -

Match: Nolan Catholic Lady Vikings vs Parish Episcopal Panthers
Date: Dec. 1, 2017
Competition: TAPPS 1-6A District Match
Venue: Doskocil Stadium
Kickoff: 6:00pm CT
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
LVS                           6      3      9
PES                           0      0      0

LVS: Megan Bettinger 3' (UA)
LVS: Abby Geiser 10' (Maggie Tepera)
LVS: Mikaela Gamboa 20' (Meghan Kittleson)
LVS: Abby Geiser 25' (UA)
LVS: Megan Bettinger 27' (Meghan Kittleson)
LVS: Abby Geiser 32' (Meghan Kittleson)
LVS: Rachel Firestone 42' (UA)
LVS: Maggie Tepera 51' (Abby Geiser)
LVS: Mikaela Gamboa 68' (Geiser)

Friday, December 1, 2017

LVS at home tonight; Friday Night Lights

The Lady Vikings Soccer varsity team will be taking on Parish under the light tonight in a TAPPS 1-6A match up.  Kick-Off is scheduled for 6:00pm.  If fans cannot make it out, no worries as the match will be broadcast LIVE through @NCHSmedia with coverage beginning at 5:50pm #lvsLIVE.  CLICK HERE to Watch.

The Lady Vikings are 2-2-0 in district play heading into tonight match.  "There are a lot of good things that we have taken from our first 4 matches and from where we were last year at this point, we are farther ahead," said LVS Head Coach, Jay Fitzgerald.

Monday, November 27, 2017

LVS host district play this week

The Lady Vikings return from break to take on Bishop Lynch at home tonight at 6:00pm and 7:45pm.  Just over a week ago Nolan Catholic took to the road defeating TCA 3-1 the Friday before Thanksgiving Break.

In the meantime, several Lady Vikings competed in college showcases locally and at the Disney Showcase in Orlando getting looks by college coaches all around the country.

Not short of competition, the Lady Vikings take their 2-1-0 record into tonights district matchup.  #lvsLIVE @NCHSmedia will broadcast TONIGHT'S varsity match in case some can't make it out.  CLICK HERE for the link to the broadcast.

LVS Head Coach, Jay Fitzgerald said, "The break was good for us for sure as most continued to play and should pick off right where we left off with a near perfect performance against TCA before the break."

Doskocil Stadium will come alive again at the end of the week, on Friday, hosting Parish Episcopal in just a varsity match kicking off at 6:00pm.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Winning on the road; Aggressive start

The Lady Vikings traveled to TCA on Friday night and headed home with 3 points.  Young and old teamed up for the 3 goals on the evening.  In the 6th minute Abby Geiser took care of a Megan Bettinger corner kick heading home the games first goal.  The pressure remained on the TCA goal as Mikaela Gamboa knifed across the box and was taken down just outside the 18.  Bettinger slotted home a free kick through well timed runs through the 18 to double the Lady Viking lead in the 16th minute.  With under 10 minutes to play in the half, Geiser and Bettinger teamed up for another goal giving the Lady Vikings a 3-0 halftime lead.

Jay Fitzgerald, LVS Head Coach on the strong start...
We hadn't played a game for over a week and the start tonight was as close to perfect as I could ask for.  Our movement was flawless, we were all on the same page, and we executed when we needed to on both sides of the ball.

Alyssa Clinkscales on the physical team performance...
We started out really aggressive and were aggressive throughout the entire game.  We made really smart decisions and we just have to grind it out all the way to the end.

The second half was no different for the Lady Vikings as game got better and just 8 minutes into the second half, were able to find the back of the net again on a 6 pass counter that was disallowed due to an offsides decision.

Fitzgerald on the second half...
The rhythm of the game was a bit broken up by several whistles but we responded very well defensively to the restarts.  Overall from attacking to defense we were solid.  From our GK to our front players we were a unit.

The Lady Vikings pride themselves on being proactive and on Friday night they were accountable in just about every function of the game.

TCA was able to get on the board with 16 seconds to play in the game.

The Lady Vikings move to 2-1-0 on the season and take on Bishop Lynch at home the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Intersquad Scrimmage Thursday; District on Friday

The Lady Vikings will be traveling to Trinity Valley on Thursday afternoon for a closed, inter-squad scrimmage against the Lady Trojans.  Both teams will train for about an hour before they end with a one half scrimmage to kick-off around 4:20pm.

With a mark of 1-1-0, coming off a loss to Ursuline over a week ago, the Lady Vikings look to get back on the field in preparation for hitting the road on Friday at TCA.  The JV will kick the night off at 5:30pm and the varsity at 7:00pm.

LVS Head Coach, Jay Fitzgerald 
On the Inter-Squad Scrimmage
The scrimmage on Thursday against Trinity Valley will be unique as we will get an opportunity to be a part of something a bit different.  We love when our players are able to get out of their comfort zone a bit.  Mixing up the environment a bit allows us to focus a bit more.

On the week of training
This week coupled with our identity week last week, has been eye opening for many of our players regarding our style of play.  The understanding and awareness is catching on quickly.

The Lady Vikings will hit the road for the first time this season taking on TCA on Friday.