Tuesday, December 18, 2018

LVSers get 2 district wins; California this week

The Lady Vikings improved to 2-1-0 in district play with back to back shutout wins over All Saints and Liberty Christian last week heading into Final Exams this week.  The one two three punch of Mya Ulloa, Laci Earixson, and Alle Steining propelled the Lady Vikings to 8-0 and 1-0 wins last week.

After a surprising district opening lose to TCA a couple weeks ago, the Lady Vikings got themselves back on track overwhelming their opponents last Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Earixson got the scoring started in the 14th and 15th minutes on the road with 2 well placed shots from just inside the box.  The Lady Vikings did however have to manage a couple defensive counter-attacks and were up to the task to keep the Saints off the board.

"Our backline bent for sure but some well timed individual efforts from our backs and goalkeeper kept the sheet clean," said LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald.

Allee Kimmey scored directly off a corner kick and Sophie Bailey added another one in the 29th minute before Ulloa started what was the first of her hat trick just minutes before halftime in the 35th and 36th minute.  She capped off her evening with a PK late in the game.  Freshman, Avery Hutka scored late as well with her 8th goal of the year.

The Lady Vikings returned home the following evening to host Liberty Christian and it took every bit of 80 minutes to earn the victory.  A sustained attack saw the Lady Vikings in front of the Liberty goal all game.

Fitzgerald added, "Liberty was well organized and we were having success with opportunities or, I should say, half chances in and around their goal but just couldn't capitalize."

LVS goalkeeper, Alle Steining cleaned up the box well with 4 saves and one late to keep her team in the game.  In the final minute of play, the Lady Vikings mounted another quality build-up that was finished off by Earixson as Geiser and Ulloa combined to get the ball to Earixson for the game-winner with 25 seconds to go in the game.

"I am proud of our patience in these matches.  We have a pretty good system and style and it is nice to see our group stick with it," mentioned Fitzgerald.

Next up for the Lady Vikings is St. Francis Catholic in the Tri-Valley Classic in San Francisco.  More information CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Coming off a solid week; LVS back to district play

The Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer teams went 2-0 last week with 2 impressive wins over HSAA (JV) and Twin City Fire Academy out of Minnesota (Varsity).

Both teams had to brave the rain and the cold in route to victories.  The JV hosted HSAA for their home opener and rattled off a 2 goal lead at the half with goals by Emma Mueller and Elena Ramirez.

"Our team made a statement at our first home game, playing with a vision toward a competitive season with a 3-0 shutout," mentioned JV head coach, Edward Hernandez.

Lilly Martinez scored the second goal of the year to extend the lead to 3 in the 50th minute.  Gigi Del Signore and a solid back line combined for the shutout improving their record to 1-1-1.

With the Friday varsity match cancelled, the group was able to pick up a game against Twin City Fire Academy out of Minnesota over the weekend.  The cold, wet weather wasn't an issue for the Fire but the Lady Vikings were, as Nolan Catholic played the most complete match of the season this far improving to 3-2-1 with a 4-0 shutout of their own.  Underclassmen, Abby Geiser, Laci Earixson, Maggie Tepera, and Avery Hutka each scored in the match with freshman, GK, Alle Steining pitching the shutout.

Head Coach, Jay Fitzgerald said, "First off, we were fortunate to get a game in with Fridays match getting cancelled but the way we handled the weather and the way we executed our game plan was impressive.  We were solid in all functions of the game."

With the JV off until the return from break to prepare for the GCISD Invitational, opening with UIL 6A powerhouse Byron Nelson, the varsity plays 2 district matches tonight and tomorrow before heading off the California to compete in the Tri-Valley Classic in San Francisco.

Kick-off at All Saints is tonight at 5pm with Wednesday nights match vs Liberty Christian starting at 6:00pm.

Friday, December 7, 2018

LVS at home Friday and Saturday #lvsLIVE

Just when the weather turns a bit cold and wet, the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer teams are scheduled to play.  Tonight the JV will take on HSAA at 4:30pm at Doskocil Stadium.  The varsity match following will be rescheduled.

The JV is coming off an away loss to TCA a week ago and looking to get back on track with a win tonight.

Without a match schedule until the first of January, the JV may have a game schedule for next Tuesday or Wednesday to get in one last match before break.  Start of the New Year, the JV jump right back into it with a match against 6A powerhouse, Byron Nelson in the GCISD Invitational, January 3-5 hosted by Grapevine High School.

With the varsity match postponed tonight, they have picked up another match Saturday morning kicking off at 9:00am against Twin City Academy Fire from Minnesota.  Twin City Academy was in for an event in South Texas that got cancelled and decided to come North to pick up some matches.

"We have had several matches postponed this year due to weather, that we were fortunate to find a group that is feeling the frustration just like us.  Training is great but kicking someone else other then your teammate sometimes is better, " mentioned LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald with a smile.

Both matches tonight and tomorrow morning will be broadcast LIVE @nfhsnetwork #lvsLIVE

CLICK HERE to Watch the JV Match

Friday, November 30, 2018

LVS stumbles to start district play

The Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer team stumbled on the road Thursday night in the opening match of district play.

Down by 2 at the half, the Lady Vikings could only get within one on a bomb of a goal by sophomore, Paola Vazquez, the first of her high school career.

Lady Vikings head coach Jay Fitzgerald commented after the game, "We gifted a couple goals but even then, I thought we would make it up.  I have to do a better job with stressing the importance of preparation and habits but I am happy with how we get better as the game goes on."

To be objective the Lady Vikings were able to get into scoring situations 27 times in and around the TCA box.  "The number of options that we had when in possession was the best I have ever seen but credit TCA, they were able to make the plays at the right time.  Our midfield was fun to watch tonight on both sides of the ball," said Fitzgerald.

The game was very open and with LVS averaging over 3 goals a game, the 2 goal deficit seem attainable.  Vazquez picked out the corner just 9 minutes into the second half and the Lady Vikings continued to pour on the pressure.   Laci Earixson, Mya Ulloa, Sophie Bailey, and Bella Tankersley were able to sustain an impressive workrate but getting extra numbers forward will be a topic of discussion as the Lady Vikings reflect on the match.

The Lady Vikings return home next Friday and then continue district play the week after that before they head to the Tri-Valley Showcase in San Francisco, CA Dec. 20-23.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

LVS back in action on the road; District starts Thursday

The Lady Vikings come out of Thanksgiving Break with a JV/Varsity double header on the road tonight and Thursday.  Many players spent their break at college showcase tournaments at the prestigious Surf Cup and the Silver Lakes Fall Showcase in California and the Disney Showcase in Florida.

The groups are ready to get back to work taking on Hockaday in Dallas tonight with both teams kicking off at 5:30pm.

The varsity is currently 2-1 gaining local, regional, and national respect sitting at #39 in the National polls.  The JV plays their first regular season match tonight.  Abby Geiser, Laci Earixson, and Avery Hutka lead the way for the Lady Vikings with double digits in points in the first 3 matches.

TCA will host Nolan Catholic on Thursday at 5:00pm and 7:00pm which is the district opener for both teams.  The JV will kick off the night at 5:00pm.

Friday, November 16, 2018

LVSers back to work with back to back wins

The Lady Vikings improve to 2-1-0 on the season with back to back wins over Bishop Dunne and Plano Prestonwood.  After dropping a heartbreaking loss to national rival, Ursuline, 4-2 the Lady Vikings got back on track with a couple dominating performances this week.

Underclassmen highlight the score sheet contributing for 18 of the 23 goals the Lady Vikings have scored during the first 3 games of the season.  Freshman, Avery Hutka leads the way with 6 goals while 2018 LVS Offensive players of the year, Abby Geiser has 5.  Both players have scored in all 3 games.

"We are definitely moving in the right direction, our young players are fitting in nicely anchored well by some upperclassmen.  I am most impressed by our ability to get better when and if we make changes in matches," said LVS head coach, Jay Fitzgerald.

The response on and off the field has been positive after the opening match loss to Ursuline.  The training environment is realistic and competitive.  A full week went by after the first game only to see another game get postponed due to weather.  The Nolan Catholic women's team had several training opportunities to reflect and prepare before meeting up with Dunne and Prestonwood in back to back matches.

Of the 22 varsity players on the roster, 11 of those are underclassmen and 7 of those 11 have started this season.  The Lady Vikings have a core of younger and older players that mix well based on their qualities on and off the field.

Most of the Lady Vikings will take the Thanksgiving Break to travel to college showcase events in Tulsa, California, and Florida and won't miss a beat when they return after break to take on Hockaday and kick-off district play the final week of November.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Busy Week for Lady Vikings; Home Monday and Wednesday

After a full week of no games, the Lady Vikings are making up for it with 3 games this week.  The JV and Varsity play a double header tonight at home against John Paul kicking off at 6:00pm and 7:45pm.  Wednesday the varsity returns home hosting Bishop Dunne at 6:00pm before they take to the road on Thursday meet up with Prestonwood at 7:00pm.

With a couple scrimmages under their belt the Lady Vikings look for the season to get going.  The varsity dropped their first match of the season to Ursuline 4-2 a couple weeks ago.  Abby Geiser scored the first goal of the year for the Lady Vikings, while freshman Avery Hutka scored her first career high school goal.

Head coach, Jay Fitzgerald is excited about the match tonight, "We haven't played in a week and as much as it is not ideal to play in the cold, our team needs opportunities to be uncomfortable."

Tonights match will be broadcast LIVE @NCHSmedia CLICK HERE