Sunday, December 25, 2011


From all of us at LVS wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy Holiday.

Join us this afternoon to see what LVS Players wished for Christmas. LVS12 Christmas Video Remix coming later today on JATOTV.

Link updated this afternoon.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

LVS Rounds out 2011 at Home (Gateway Park)

The Lady Vikings Women's Soccer team currently holds a 8-2-1 record and will round out 2011 with a home match vs Bishop Lynch on Saturday, December 17th. The JV will kick-off at 10:00am and the Varsity will follow at 11:30am.

The matches will be played at the turf fields at Gateway Park - directions to the right under weekly schedule.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lady Vikings have a Pair of Home Matches and an Away Match this week

LVS hosts Bishop Lynch on Monday at 6:30pm for JV and 8:00pm for Varsity. On Wednesday Nolan will travel to Bishop Dunne for a 5:00pm varsity match and then finish up 2011 hosting Prestonwood on Thursday at 6:30pm at Doskocil Stadium before Final Week start next week.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

LVS Begins 2nd Half of Season on Monday

The 5-1-1 Lady Vikings will go on the road this week as they look to improve on their 2nd place standing in TAPPS 1-5A. Monday night the Lady Vikings will take on Liberty Christian in Argyle for a 7:00pm kick-off. The two teams met on November 1st as they kicked off the season and the Lady Vikings came out on top by a score of 8-0.

Loos Stadium in Dallas is the location for the 2nd high powered rivalry of the year against Ursuline. Nolan Catholic came back from 2 goals down to even the score before Ursuline scored the game-winner just 2 minutes before time expired for a score of 3-2. Wednesdays game will kick-off at 7:00pm with the JV playing before at 5:30pm. The JV teams tied 0-0 in their first meeting of the year.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More Video Featuring the Lady Vikings

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Impressive First Half of the Season in the Books

The nationally ranked Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Team goes 5-1-1 with half of district play in the books. More story to follow...

Monday, November 14, 2011

LVS heads back on the road this week

The Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Team heads back on the road this week with TAPPS 1-5A matches on Monday at John Paul and Wednesday at TCA. Both nights will feature JV and Varsity matches with the JV kicking off at 6:30pm with the varsity following at 8:00pm.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

LVS12 Action on the Road

The excitement of Lady Vikings Soccer continues.

Scoring Streak Runs Dry; Draw at Lynch

A strong performance by the Lady Vikings soccer team ended in a scoreless draw. Nolan traveled to Bishop Lynch after scoring 10 goals in their first 2 games and could not get on the board on a night of interesting weather that saw the JV Match cancelled and the varsity match delayed.

The road trip continues on Thursday night as Nolan Catholic hits the road again at Plano Prestonwood for a 6:00pm and 7:30pm kick-off. On Friday, they play host to Bishop Dunne at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lady Vikings Comeback Falls Short; Puente Gets 2 More

You know when high school soccer season is here, the temperature drops and the wind picks up. Nolan Catholics arch rival, Ursuline comes to town and the match didn't disappoint. This is arguably one of the greatest rivalries in high school sports.

Ursuline's Candace Johnson and Kellie Schnurr put the Lady Bears up by two but the relentless Lady Vikings fought right back and evened the score with 2 more goals from freshman, forward Gwennie Puente. "Gwennie is a special player," head coach Todd Fitzgerald said. Puente has scored 5 goals in the first 2 matches of the season.

Nolan Catholic fought back but it wasn't enough as with less than 2 minutes to play, Kate Hadju scored the game-winner for the Bears. Fitzgerald mentioned that, "Ursuline knows how to win matches like this but we are real, real close."

The Lady Vikings drop to 1-1 while Ursuline moves to 1-0. LVS heads out on the road next Monday night to take on Bishop Lynch. Lynch defeated TCA last night in double overtime 1-0.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lady Vikings Explode for 8 Goals in Home Opener; Freshman Hat Trick

Freshman, forward Gwennie Puente scored her first, second, and third goals of her high school career to complete the hat trick in her first high school game. With a 4-0 lead at halftime, the Lady Vikings were well on their way to a 1-0 start in district. There was a good rythme in the game and a good flow about things.

"We wanted a strong start and with 3 goals in the first 10 minutes, our team responded," said LVS head coach, Todd Fitzgerald. Last years TAPPS 1-5A Newcomer of the Year, sophomore, Elizabeth Havenhill also scored multiple goals with 2 unassisted goals in the second half.

Seniors Lindsay Murray and Alex Perez added a goal a piece as well as junior, Maggie Kleiser.

Fitzgerald went on to say, "These young ladies have worked extremely hard in the off-season and we feel like we have a good team identity right now."

The Lady Vikings are back at it again tomorrow night as they play host to Ursuline in a re-match of last years State Championship. The JV match will kick-off at 6:30pm with the varsity following at 8:00pm at Doskocil Stadium.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday Match vs Ursuline - Location Change

The Nolan vs Ursuline Match set for Wednesday night has been moved to Nolan Catholic at Doskocil Stadium. The JV kicks off at 6:30pm and the varsity at 8:00pm.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lady Vikings Prepare for Home Opener; State Championship Re-Match to Follow

The Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Team prepares for it first match of the season, a district match vs Liberty Christian on Tuesday, November 1st. "We are chomping at the bit to get started," said LVS Head Coach Todd Fitzgerald.

The match on Tuesday night is not only the home opener but the district opener as well. Kick-off is set for 7:00pm.

Fitzgerald went on to say, "Off-season has been extremely productive and we are ready to go; we have a young, experienced team which will fit in well with the LVS tradition around here."

The Lady Vikings are at home the very next night, on Wednesday, for a State Championship re-match against Ursuline. The JV will kick-off at 6:30pm while the varsity will follow at 8:00pm.

Liberty Christian will not have a JV team this year so Tuesday night will be varsity only.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Scrimmages this Week; Home Opener Next week

JV Scrimmage on Monday at 7:30pm and Varsity Scrimmage on Wednesday at 7:30pm. The season gets underway Tuesday, November 1st at home as Libery Christian comes to town. Liberty Christian will not have a JV team this season so the varsity match will kick-off at 7:00pm at Doskocil Stadium.

Monday, October 17, 2011

LVS12 Underway with Try-Outs Tonight

LVS12 has officially begun. The Lady Vikings look to continue their winning tradition in their quest to another State Championship appearance. Head Coach, Todd Fitzgerald has taken over on the sideline. Fitzgerald has been apart of the Lady Vikings Varsity staff for the past 12 years and is extremely excited for it all to get started. "Off-season energy is where it needs to be right now," Fitzgerald commented.

In just 2 short weeks, the Lady Vikings will host Liberty Christian and then head on the road the very next day for a re-match of the State Championship, against Ursuline Academy.

The Lady Vikings will be busy in November and December with district matches each week, finishing up district play on January 8th. Following district play, Nolan Catholic will play against some of the top public school powerhouses in the country throughout the rest of January and into February.

Nolan Catholic will once again host to ever-popular Nolan Showcase which has been renamed, the National Elite Prep Showcase. The Showcase is in it's 10th year and is touted at the nation's most competitive college showcase event. College coaches come from all over the country to evaluate talent from the nations top high school teams. For more information visit the showcase website at

Stay tuned for regular LIVE webcasts of selected LVS matches presented by JATO Media.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Final Off-Season Session and Try-Out Information

LVS will have their final off-season session this Friday, Oct. 14 from 6:00am-7:00am at the Stadium.

Try-Outs will be held on Monday, Oct. 17th in the evening from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Stadium. All players interested in Lady Vikings Soccer need to attend. The teams will be posted on Tuesday morning and the final rosters will be submitted on Monday, October 31st.

Weather Updates for Off-Season Today - Twitter

As you follow the Nolan Soccer twitter @NolanSoccer you will be updated on off-season today. If it is still raining at 6am this morning, off-season will be indoor in the Old Gym - please bring notebook paper and something to write with.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

All-Sport Parent-Student LOA Meeting Make-Up Date

The makeup for the August 17 All Sport Parent-Student meeting is available on the Life of an Athlete page.

Those that missed the meeting should go to the web page and follow the instructions. Everything needs to be completed and turned into Kelli Bay in the NCHS athletic office by Friday, October 7.


Monday, Sept. 26 6:00am-7:00am at Stadium
Wednesday, Sept 28 6:00am-7:00am at Stadium
Monday, Oct. 3 6:00am-7:00am at Stadium
Friday, Oct. 7 6:00am-7:00am at Stadium
Wednesday, Oct. 12 6:00am-7:00am at Stadium
Friday, Oct. 14 3:30pm-4:30pm @ Stadium

Monday, Oct. 17th 7:00pm-9:00pm at Stadium

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pre-Season Meeting - Monday, Sept. 12

Anyone who is interested in playing soccer for the 2011-2012 season must attending the meeting. If you are in another sport then please stop by and sign-in and pick up materials.

What: LVS12 Pre-Season Meeting
When: Monday, Sept. 12th
Time: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Where: Room B10

Monday, August 29, 2011

LVS12 - Get's Started after Labor Day

The 2011-2012 Season was a special season for the lady Vikings Soccer Team as they battled adversity all year, ending up in the State Championship Match once again when no one believed they could do so.

The Lady Vikings will continue their winning tradition in the 2011-2012 season as there are several newcomers that will be joining the program.

For all athletes that are interested in particpating in the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Program please attend the pre-season meeting which will be on Monday, September 12th immediately following school in Room B10.

LVS12 Everyone...Everyday


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lady Vikings Team Camp - Summer 2011

NCHS 2011 Summer Sports Camps and Leagues Nolan Catholic High School offers a full lineup of summer sports camps and leagues including football, basketball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, soccer, softball and baseball to junior high and high school students. To access our Summer Camps and Leagues brochure which includes information on dates, times, fees and registration, please click here. All registration forms must include a Waiver and Medical Consent Form. For more information, please contact the coach listed for each camp or league, or contact the NCHS Athletic Department at 817-496-9776.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nolan Rival, Ursuline wins 21st Straight Title and deserve tons of credit for that amazing feat

YAHOO Sports
Wed Feb 23 09:03am EST

School wins 21st straight state title, setting U.S. record ... or does it?
By Cameron Smith

You'll have to forgive the Ursuline (Texas) Academy girls soccer program if it feels a little aggrieved, despite winning what should be a national-record 21st straight state title on Saturday. The Bears have good reason to be upset: Despite the fact that their 21 consecutive titles is a national record, it's not being credited as a nationwide mark because of the association in which Ursuline competes.

As pointed out by the Dallas Morning News' Corbett Smith, Ursuline competes in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools -- TAPPS -- just as all other private schools across the state do. That stands in sharp contrast to most states across the country, which integrate public schools and private schools in the same athletic governing body.

As it turns out, in states that have separate public and private athletic organizations, only the public leagues are considered when determining historic records. Therefore, the 21 trophies currently ensconced in the Ursuline athletic facilities are worth little more than two decades of bragging rights over other all-girls schools, according to the folks at the National Sports Record Book.

According to Smith, Portland (Ore.) Catlin Gable High holds the record for most consecutive girls soccer titles with 11. That's right, the current record-holders have been outdone by the Bears by a whopping decade worth of state titles, yet are still recognized as the most successful streak-owning girls soccer program in the nation.

If there was any question that Ursuline was deserving of recognition, the Bears likely answered those questions in their title-game victory. After falling behind by a goal in the early moments, Ursuline responded with four consecutive goals to run roughshod over runner-up Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic School, 4-1.

"At this point in the season it's more about emotion then about technical or tactical play," Ursuline coach Jamie Cantrell told the Morning News. "We knew if we got down one, we trained for it."

At that point in the season, Cantrell's team has known exactly what to do time and again. It's just time that the rest of the country acknowledged its greatness.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Nolan Women Advance to State Championship

The Lady Vikings score early and that is all they needed in route to a 1-0 win over John Paul. Senior, Alex Rios scores off an assist from Emma Chandlee in the 2nd minute.

LSU commit, Paige Harris was flawless in goal, shutting out her third opponent in a row for a total of 10 on the year.

"We expected to be in the State Championship and these young ladies played like that," commented head coach Jay Fitzgerald, "they are a different team from the regular season and they belong here." The Lady Vikings defeated John Paul for the 2nd time this year, the last being on January 4th which was a milestone for the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer team marking the programs 400th win since 1986.

The State Championship is nothing new for the Lady Vikings, as they have advanced to the final for the 11th straight year facing Ursuline in each of those years.

Ursuline defeated San Antonio Antonian 7-0 in the semi-final game. The State Championship is tomorrow at 12:00pm at Heros Stadium in San Antonio.

Nolan Catholic girls try, try again | Soccer |

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Ashley Fischer, left, and Haley Spotts are hoping to help Nolan Catholic's girls

reach the TAPPS Division I state finals.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LVS Congratulates their Sister Team from California, San Clemente

LVS has developed a special bond with the San Clemente Women's Soccer Team from California. We want to wish our sister team, the Lady Tritons, a special congratulations on advancing to the CIF SS Division 1 post-season playoffs as the #1 seed. San Clemente will take on Orange Lutheran High School in the first round on Thursday.

San Clemente traveled to Fort Worth in January to compete in the Nolan Showcase Presented by JATO and went undefeated with wins over #19 Southlake Carroll, #6 St. Thomas Aquinas (FL State Champion), and Dallas Ursuline Academy.

The Lady Vikings showed the Tritons a night of Texas hospitality at the Fort Worth Stockyards. The teams feasted at Coopers BBQ and then danced the night away at the World's Largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob's of Texas. Ending the night mixing it up with as many flavors and toppings as their little heart desired at Menchie’s. Good times in Fort Worth.
As San Clemente advances to CIF post-season play, so has the Lady Vikings. They travelled to Houston to defeat St. Agnes and gain their 11th straight Regional Championship. With the win, the Lady Vikings have advanced to the TAPPS Women's Soccer Final Four in San Antonio which kicks off on Friday. Good luck to both teams and here is to athletics bringing new friendships together.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

LVS Crowned Regional Champions; Perez gets First

Eleven years and counting, the Lady Vikings take the Regional Championship back to Fort Worth and advance to the TAPPS Women's Soccer Final Four next Friday in San Antonio.

One goal was all it took for Nolan Catholic and that goal was the first of the season for junior, Alex Perez. It came in the 61st minute. Perez took a perfectly placed cross from senior, Sara Chandlee and flicked it over the Lady Tigers goalkeeper.

"We have necessarily been opportunistic and have underachieved for most of the year but not today," said Lady Vikings head coach Jay Fitzgerald, "It is the playoffs and we are a different team."

Another road win for the Lady Vikings brings them one step closer to a State Championship. Seven out of the 10 wins for Nolan Catholic have come on the away from home.

Experience and emotion are huge this time of year and the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Team have been here and that competitive edge got them to another Final Four.

The Lady Vikings will take on John Paul on Friday at 11:00am at San Antonio's Heros Stadium for a chance to play in the State Championship match the following day at 12:00pm.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

LVS Earns Spot in Regional Championship

Multiple goals, a clean slate, and a road win, move the Lady Vikings one step closer to State. Senior, Forward Kayleen Negron gets the game-winner in the 5th minute and that is all the Lady Vikings needed to move on to the Regional Championship match on Saturday.

Junior, Forward Lindsey Murray added another goal half way through the first half for her 6th goal of the season.

"It is nice to see contribution from our forwards and players coming off the bench," commented head coach Jay Fitzgerald. Its shows the depth and versatility that the Nolan Catholic squad has. Of the 21 players on the team, 13 of them have scored a goal. "We are excited about our chances in the playoffs," Fitzgerald said, "We are playing with a chip on our shoulder."

The Lady Vikings held Austin St. Michael's to 3 shots the entire match and took 23 of their own. The field was not as expected; it was narrow and hard but the Lady Vikings dealt with the environment with a shutout win, on the road and in the playoffs.

The Nolan Women's Soccer team enjoys going on the road, as the majority of their wins have come away from home. Fitzgerald went on to say, "I look forward to taking my team away from home - it gives us a chance to show off our program. I am proud of these young ladies"

Well, Fitzgerald and his program will get to do that for the remainder of the season as they travel to Houston to take on St. Agnes on Saturday and with a win there, they advance to the Final Four the following weekend in San Antonio.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LVS Congratulates 3 Seniors on National Signing Day

The Lady Vikings Soccer program is proud to announce that 3 seniors will continue their soccer careers in college. Sara Chandlee, Paige Harris, and Alex Rios all signed today on National Signing Day. Harris and Rios will both be attending college in Louisiana at LSU and Northwestern State University, respectively, while Chandlee will be heading east to Iona College in New York.

These 3 players have left an impressive stamp on the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Program, helping the Lady Vikings to over 40 wins and 40 shutouts, a District Championship, 2 District Runner-Up finishes, 2 Regional Championships, 2 State Runner-Up finishes, National rankings as high as #12 and #7 in the country, and a program milestone with win #400 in January.

"It is another exciting moment for our program and for these young ladies," head coach, Jay Fitzgerald explained, "They deserve the opportunity to play soccer at the next level and we wish them the best."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SUPERBOWL XLV in North Texas

Fort Worth, home to the Lady Vikings Soccer team, welcomes the SuperBowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers are staying just minutes from Nolan Catholic High School.
It is an exciting time to be in Fort Worth as ESPN has set up camp in Downtown Fort Worth in Sundance Square.
A fly-over is scheduled for Friday, February 4th at 5:35pm down the Tom Landry Highway which runs right in front of Nolan Catholic High School.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Lady Vikings JV Wins TAPPS Championship

The Lady Vikings JV Team win the "Double". With an 8-1-1 district record, they take the TAPPS 1-5A District Regular Season title and then storm through the 1st Annual TAPPS JV Championship.

With a 1-0 shutout win over TCA in the semifinal, they advance to play Ursuline in the tournament championship match. Junior, Erin Fisher scored the first goal while junior, Melissa Brodnicki added 2 of her own to defeat the Lady Bears in the championship 3-0.

This caps off a stellar season for the Nolan Catholic Women's JV Team outscoring district opponents 22-4. Congratulations to the Lady Vikes on an impressive season.

LVS Wins Final District Game; Head to Austin for First Round of Playoffs

The Lady Vikings scored in the 2nd minute to take a 1-0 lead on TCA on the road last Thursday night. Megan Billingsley scored her 7th goal of the season off an assist from Annie Smithey. Nolan continued to put pressure on the Lady Trojans and got a second goal with 7 minutes to play from Smithey off a cross. Smithey's 4th goal of her senior season turned out to be the game-winner as TCA converted on a penalty kick with about 5 to play in the game.

It is gridlock at the top of the table as 3 teams, including Nolan, are tied for 2nd place. With John Paul defeating Lynch on Friday and Liberty holding the tie-breaker over the Lady Vikings, Nolan will finish 4th in district.

The 4th place finish will mean that the Lady Vikings will travel to Austin on Friday to take on Austin St. Michael's who finished 3rd in District 2. That game will kick-off at 4pm.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Southlake Carroll plays host to the Lady Vikings

The Lady Vikings will take on Southlake Carroll tonight at Dragon Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm. Nolan Catholic and Southlake Carroll co-host the prestigious Nolan Showcase Presented by JATO.

Nolan Catholic will wrap-up district play against TCA on Thursday night and then host Marcus on Friday at 5:30pm. The seniors will be recognized at halftime on Friday. The men's varsity team will play after the women against Paschal High School.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lady Vikings Head South

The Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Team will head to Austin on Saturday to take on Bourne Champion at 12:00pm and St. Stephen's at 6:00pm. The matches will be held at the St. Stephen's Episcopal School and will be part of a college combine event taking place on the weekend.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ESPN SportsCenter airs Nolan Showcase Wrap-Up

ESPN's SportsCenter will air highlights of the 2011 Nolan Showcase by JATO. The 9th Annual event was another success and as it gears up for its 10th Anniversary in 2012, ESPN will do a wrap-up of the event on Thursday, January 20th.

Thanks for all the participants and Good Luck the remainder of the season.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

ESPNRISE:Aquinas topples Boyd and edges Nolan Catholic

FORT WORTH, Texas - McKinney Boyd (McKinney, Texas) lost a player last month who is now a finalist for American Idol. Oddly, the play at the Nolan Showcase resembles another hit TV show – Wipeout.

Through two days at the prestigious high school girls’ soccer event in Texas, the POWERADE FAB 50 Nos. 1, 2 and 3 teams have taken losses. In addition, the No. 10 team lost Friday and the No. 11 squad is 0-2-1. Of course, many of the losses are to other FAB 50-ranked teams, yet the fall-out will result in a new-look Top 10 in next week’s national rankings.

The three teams making the strongest showings through Friday are No. 5 Plano West (Plano, Texas), No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and No. 24 San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.).

SIMPLY PERFECT: It took one shot off the foot of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) senior Julie Schumacher to take down No. 1 McKinney Boyd, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at Nolan Catholic. The Navy-bound forward accepted a pass from Ana Cuffia about 30 yards from goal midway through the first half and launched a shot toward the far post, which clipped the post and ended up in the goal. The Raiders, ranked No. 16, made the first-half strike stand for their 17th straight shutout victory. Much of St. Thomas Aquinas’ success is tied to the exploits of Schumacher, who now has 26 goals this season. “I don’t score goals to tell you how many goals I have. I score goals to win games for my teammates,” Schumacher said. “I’ll take that goal (against Boyd) over any game where I score four goals, because this one won the game.”

Later Friday night, Aquinas ran its record to 18-0 with a dramatic 1-0 win over Nolan Catholic at Texas Christian University. Cuffia sprung Schumacher for a breakaway with less than two minutes remaining, and Schumacher calmly pushed a shot into the lower right corner. The score came just minutes after Nolan Catholic failed to convert a penalty kick.

“It was not our best game, but we got it done,” stated a relieved Carlos Giron, Aquinas’ longtime head coach.

Aquinas controlled most of the match, but a solid performance by Nolan keeper Paige Harris kept the match scoreless. Nolan Catholic was awarded a penalty kick with just under seven minutes remaining following a hard tackle in the box. Alex Rios, a Mexican youth national team player, took the penalty for the Vikings (8-7-2), and her shot hit the post and the ensuing cross was covered by Aquinas keeper Julia Kantor, who has been in net for all 18 Aquinas shutouts.

“As soon as it hit the post, I got back on my feet and took the cross,” Kantor said. “I got lucky.”

“Jules made herself big enough that [the Nolan shooter] had to go to a corner. Either she was going to miss or she was going to put it in the corner – we got lucky on that one.”

Aquinas faces San Clemente on Saturday morning with a chance to play itself into the national title chase.

HEARTBREAK HOST: Nolan Catholic coach Jay Fitzgerald summed up Friday’s 1-0 loss to Aquinas like this, “That’s Nolan soccer the past couple of decades. We’re good enough to get that one moment, that one situation. Eventually, one day, we’ll take advantage of that moment and that will make this program get over the hump. … We sagged and countered. We took away what they do best and made them work for a solution. In the end, that’s what they did – they found the solution and that’s why they are where they are [undefeated].”

In Fitzgerald’s 13 years as Nolan’s head coach, the team has been the private school state runner-up 11 times -- including the past 10 straight, losing all 11 final appearances to Ursuline Academy (Dallas, Texas). The last-minute loss to Aquinas was eerily similar to several state final defeats, prompting Fitzgerald to shake his head and say, “Heartbreaking."

LONG DAY: Players from San Clemente boarded a 7:30 a.m. flight in California, arrived in Texas at noon and played Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) at 6 p.m. There was certainly no jet lag as San Clemente rolled to a 4-0 victory in a meeting of FAB 50 teams at TCU. Janae Cousineau scored the first and third goals, and both were backbreakers for Carroll. Cousineau’s first strike came 10 minutes into the match and two minutes later Alex Reisinger gave San Clemente a 2-0 lead. Cousineau’s scored her second goal, both assisted by Tessa Andujar, two minutes into the second half to thwart any hope of a Carroll rally.

“On the flight, we were really intimidated by this tournament because we had no idea what to expect,” said Cousineau, who has committed to Texas A&M. “After that first goal, we pushed hard because we knew we can do it. Once we get the first goal, we don’t let down.”

MAKING A STATEMENT: Plano West (Plano, Texas) was dealt a setback when goalkeeper Abby Smith opted against playing high school soccer due to youth national team commitments. Even without the star keeper, the No. 5 Wolves, with mostly sophomores in the starting lineup, are off to a 3-0 start following victories Friday over No. 10 Clear Lake (Houston, Texas) and Grapevine (Grapevine, Texas). Sam Wolf and Casie Ramsier scored in Plano West’s 2-1 win over Clear Lake. Taylor Jackson scored the lone goal in the team’s 1-0 victory over Grapevine. Plano West’s six goals in the tournament have come from five players – including twins Casie and Brooke Ramsier.

STAT STARS: Lauren Bateman scored four goals as San Angelo Central (San Angelo, Texas) defeated Antonian (San Antonio, Texas), 6-0. ... Stanford-bound Chioma Ubogagu of Coppell (Coppell, Texas) scored twice as the Cowgirls routed Ursuline Academy, 3-0. ... Laramie Holifield scored both goals as Midland (Midland, Texas) defeated Nolan Catholic, 2-1. … Tessa Andujar of San Clemente assisted two goals in the team’s 4-0 win over Southlake Carroll. … Taylor Freeman scored twice as Hockaday (Dallas, Texas) defeated Martin (Arlington, Texas), 2-1. … Meagan Person had three assists and Morgan Fancher scored twice as The Colony (The Colony, Texas) handled Antonian, 5-0.

INJURED: Southlake Carroll senior and Notre Dame-bound Taylor Schneider sustained what coach Matt Colvin said was a high left ankle sprain in the first half of the team’s match with San Clemente. Colvin said it was unlikely Schneider will play in Saturday’s match against Klein Oak (Spring, Texas).

DAILY MVP: Schumacher was the MVP of Thursday’s action with two goals, and it’s hard not to give her the honors yet again Friday. The senior scored both goals as Aquinas knocked off No. 1 Boyd and Nolan Catholic, each by 1-0 margins.

AN IDOL? Holly Cavanagh was a member of the McKinney Boyd girls’ soccer team, but left the squad last week to pursue an a chance to make American Idol. Cavanagh, a singer, currently is in California, according to Boyd coach Jimmie Lankford.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Nolan College Showcase Updates

Follow daily updates from the nations premier event at ESPNRISE. The Nolan College Showcase is where the best teams from coast to coast come to play. The nation's #1 team will be determined. CLICK HERE for more.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Nolan Catholic High School and Southlake Carroll play host to one of the nation’s most competitive tournament which once again includes only the best teams, not only in the area, but in the nation. Each year we increase the field of teams and this year is the biggest event yet—with 32 total teams from Texas, California, and Florida. Four teams in this years showcase have been ranked #1 in the nation in the last several years, while 11 of this years 32 Invitational teams have gained national respect already this year in the National Rankings: #1 McKinney Boyd, #2Coppell, #4 Ursuline, #5 San Clemente, #10 Plano West, #13 Clear Lake, #18 Seven Lakes, #31 Southlake Carroll, #35 Nolan Catholic, and #40 St. Thomas Aquinas. We always look forward to the level of play in each event.

The top players in the country have participated in the event over the past 8 years: US National Team Player and Olympic Gold Medalist, Amy Rodriguez (Santa Margarita) and US U-21 National Team Player and UNC’s Jessica Maxwell (Colleyville Heritage). UNC’s Courtney Jones (Monte Vista), the University of Florida’s Jazmyne Avant (Coppell), BYU’s Lauren Anderson (Monte Vista), TCU’s Alex Mechalske (Nolan), Texas’ Kendall Frizzell (Tyler Lee) and University of Kentucky’s Laura Burton (Amador Valley) participated in 08, as well as Notre Dame recruit Jazmine Hall (Marcus). US under-16 National Pool Player, Whitney Jaynes (Plano West) and Lexi Harris (Plano West) were also in attendance. Jaynes and Harris were both headed to New Zealand with the National Team following the event. Other notable showcase participants were University of Texas standouts Caitlin Kennedy (Colleyville Heritage) and Kendall Campisi (Ursuline), as well as LSU’s Michelle Makasini (Colleyville Heritage), Texas A&M’s Becky Olson (Nolan) University of Virginia’s Caitlin Miskel (St. Thomas Aquinas), Stanford standout Kiki Bosio (Santa Margarita), USC National Champion JJ Johnson (Santa Margarita), TCU’s Jackie Torda (Nolan), 2009 & 2010 NCAA D1 College Cup Finalist Alina Garcia-Mendez (Ursuline) from Stanford, and 2010 NCAA D1 National Champion, Courtney Barg (Plano West) from Notre Dame.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


The Lady Vikings welcome back former players, coaches, and fans as they kick off the 9th Annual LVS Alumni Game at 11:00am today. The Lady Vikings are also celebrating the programs 400th win since 1986 with a 2-1 victory over John Paul II last Tuesday night.

It should be an exciting day for the Lady Vikings Soccer Program.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Spread the Wealth; Lady Vikes Down the Cardinals

The Lady Vikings come back from break with something to prove and they do it on the road, early.

Senior, Annie Smithey scores her first of the year in the first minute and it was just a matter of time before someone else stepped up to the table which wasn't until John Paul evened the match with 5 to play in the first half.

The Lady Vikings were resiliant throughout the match sticking to what works best for them and that is getting bodies forward. John Paul took 4 shots on goal compared to the 14 from the Lady Vikes and it was in the 68th minute when Junior, Allaire Langdon scored the first goal of her career of the 11th corner of the match. That goal turned out to be the game-winner and improved Nolan Catholic to 7-5-1 in district play.

With 1 more district match remaining next Tuesday against TCA, the Lady Vikings look forward to hosting the Nolan Showcase next weekend. The Nolan Showcase sees teams from all over the country. It has become one of the most competitive tournaments in the nation over the last 9 years of the event with teams being represented from coast to coast. For more information on the event CLICK HERE.