Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Senior Night; Chandlee Equalizes

The Lady Vikings played one last regular season match before the playoffs begin on Saturday. Undefeated 4A powerhouse, Highland Park came to town and the Lady Vikings were up to the test. The match was back and forth with the Lady Vikings putting a lot of pressure on the Lady Scots back line and then the momentum started to change and Highland Park got on the board and took the lead just before halftime.

Melissa Brodnicki, Megan Billingsley, Allaire Langdon, and Lindsay Murray were all honored at halftime. In their 4 years of commitment to Lady Vikings Soccer, the program has won 75 matches and have outscored opponents 273-109. Their service to the program is truly appreciated.

Just after halftime, the Lady Vikings took some time to get the rhythm back in the match but as the match went on, the Lady Vikings set the necessary tone to even the game on a goal by Emma Chandlee. The goal will be a candidate for Goal of the Year.

The ball was picked up at midfield by Gwennie Puente and she took it about 40 yards while Chandlee made an overlapping run out of the midfield and just as she got herself through the Highland Park backline, Puente slipped a ball through into her stride and the rest in history.

Moments later the Lady Vikings had 3 quality chances to score the go ahead goal and earned their 7th draw of the season.

The Lady Vikings are currently at 11-7-7 and open the playoffs as they play host to Houston St. Pius X at Doskocil Stadium on Saturday, February 4th at 11am. The men will follow as they drew Houston Christian in the first round.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lady Vikings to Host Highland Park on Tuesday

The 12-6-5 Lady Vikings will play host to Highland Park on Tuesday night at Doskocil Stadium. The JV will kick-off at 5:30pm and the Varsity will follow at 7:15pm.

It will be senior night and the Lady Vikings will honor 4 seniors for their commitment and dedication to the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Program.

Congrats to Megan Billingsley, Melissa Brodnicki, Allaire Langdon, and Lindsay Murray.

LVS JV Crowned Back to Back Champions

The Lady Vikings JV Program was crowned Back to Back TAPPS JV Champions with a 4-2 Shootout victory over Ursuline. With an overall record of 8-3-5 on the year and a 4-1-3 finish in TAPPS 1-5A, the Lady Vikings have outscored opponents 29-13 so far on the season.

The JV squad will play in there final home match of the season against Highland Park on Tuesday at 5:30pm at Doskocil Stadium. Go Lady Vikes!!

Congratulations to Coach Goodman and the Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Team.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lady Vikings draw at Byron Nelson; Playoffs start next week

After a slow start for the Lady Vikings, they explode for two second half goals by Ashley Fischer and Gwennie Puente. With an overall record of 12-6-5, this was just what the Lady Vikings needed going into the playoffs next week.

As the match went on Nolan got better, as the match turned physical, Nolan stayed composed and establish a consistent rhythm which created plenty of space for Fischer and Punete up top. Senior, Lindsay Murray set the tone as soon as she came on the field in the second half and had the assist on the equalizer.

Kathleen Keoghnan also made an impact as she was slotted in the middle of the park to balance and link things up.

Freshman, goalkeeper Piper Head had a solid 2nd half to keep the Lady Bobcats off the board.

The Lady Vikings head to Austin tomorrow to play a friendly event at St. Stephen's.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Youthful Experience here at LVS

A 14-game district season to start the year and now their 7th game in 9 days, the Lady Vikings get to enjoy a light week with a game on Wednesday night and then a couple friendly matches in Austin on Friday.

The playoff preparation begins.

The Lady Vikings currently sit at #2 in the district and have spent the last 8 weeks in the ESPN Top 30 National Poll. This is the longest consecutive stretch in the National Polls for Nolan Catholic since the National Polls began in 1998 and they have been as high at #3 and been in the Top 10 on 6 different occasions.

With an 11-6-4 overall mark, the Lady Vikings look to continue their winning tradition into the playoffs beginning the first week in February.

This year they travel down a different path and they have done so with 8 underclassmen. The Lady Vikes had to go on the road during the entire post-season as they finished 4th in the district last season after finishing no lower than 2nd at any time in the history of the program.

From front to back these underclassmen are making a difference starting with Gwennie Puente up top with Emma Chandlee, Sarah Brown, Chelsea Surpris, and Rebecca Traynor in the midfield and Gabbie Puente and last years, Nolan Catholic Athlete of the Year and TAPPS 1-5A Newcomer of the Year, Elizabeth Havenhill in the back and in goal for the Lady Vikings is Piper Head.

This core of young players have a wealth of experience playing for some of the best clubs in the country and have put Nolan Catholic back on the map gaining local, regional, and national respect.

Since 1983, this program is just shy of 500 wins, averaging more than 16 wins a year. They look to advance to their 12th straight State Championship match and capture their 12th straight Regional Championship.

Upcoming for the Lady Vikes is Byron Nelson on Wednesday, St. Stephen's on Friday rounding out the season at home hosting Highland Park which is Senior Night honoring 4 seniors: Lindsay Murray, Melissa Brodnicki, Allaire Langdon, and Megan Billingsley.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 Allison Horn Memorial Showcase starts today

The Lady Vikings head to Colleyville tonight through Saturday to compete in the 2012 CHHS Allison Horn Memorial Showcase. In 2010, the Lady Vikings won their bracket and advanced to the championship match against Plano West were they were defeated by a score of 1-0.

The Lady Vikings look to continue that success here at the event tonight against Martin at 8pm at Colleyville Heritage.

Friday's match is against L.D. Bell is at 8pm at Mustang-Panther Stadium and then Saturday at 11am vs Keller at Mustang-Panther as well.

The Championship Match will be at 5pm on Saturday at Mustang-Panther.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

LVS finishs the NEPS at 2-1-1

The #29 ranked Lady Vikings finish a successful weekend in the National Elite Prep Showcase with its only blemish to #22 ranked Westlake 1-0 at TCU's Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

On Thursday the Lady Vikings drew to #19 Kindwood 1-1 and then rebounded on Friday with a 3-1 win over last years UIL 5A State Semi-Finalist Clear Lake from Houston. Then on Saturday Nolan Catholic took on Southern California's Murrieta Valley in route to a 2-0 shutout.

The Lady Vikings will take to the road on Tuesday as they travel to Marcus for a 6pm JV match followed by a 7:30pm Varsity kick-off.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

#29 LVS played #19 Kingwood to a Draw

Lady Vikings, Gaby Larson put the team on the board in the 17th minute in a match that saw a tale of 2 halves. Larson took a clearance and hit it first time from about 25 yards out but the Lady Vikings gave up the equalizer later in the 2nd half and that is the way it ended.

The draw marked the 4th on the season. Nolan will look to get into double digits in the win column this weekend as they sit at 8-3-4 on the season. They play host to Clear Lake tomorrow at 10am and then travel to TCU for the first of the evening feature matches, the second between #9 Carroll and Rosary starting at 8pm.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Alumni Game a Success

Coming off a scrimmage win against Paschal last night. The Lady Vikings take to the field again this morning in the 8th Annual Lady Vikings Alumni Game. Nolan Catholic is celebrating its 50th Year Anniversary and since 1983 the Lady Vikings Women's Soccer Team has won 485 games for an average of more than 17 wins per season.

Very exciting times continue for the program that was built on commitment, dedication, and resilience. Lady Viking Alumni as far back as the Class of 1988 joined the party this morning and helped the Alumni put up 3 goals against the current Lady Vikings.

The program has gained local, regional, and national respect throughout the years. As the top local high school girls soccer team in the City of Fort Worth, they also sit at #31 in the country in the ESPNHS National Poll and have been nationally ranked each year since they stormed on the national scene in 1999 as high as #3 in the Nation.

Thanks to everyone who made it out today and we are grateful for the support and hard work you have put into this program. Thanks for helping us continue the Winning Tradition here at Nolan Catholic.

SAVE THE DATE in 2013..... Saturday, January 5th at 11:00am at Doskocil Stadium

Monday, January 2, 2012

#34 LVS take to the field on Tuesday Night

The Lady Vikings open the New Year with a district match vs John Paul. The Lady Vikings will host the Cardinals at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth due to the construction of the track at Doskocil Stadium. The varsity match will follow the JV match which kicks off at 6:00pm. The #34 nationally ranked Vikings look to improve on their 8-2-2 record.

Nolan will host Paschal High School on Friday at 6:00pm and 7:30pm at TCU's Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in preparation for the Nation Elite Prep Showcase which begins on January 12th.

The Nolan Catholic Women's Soccer Program will hold its Annual Alumni Game this Saturday at 11:00am.