It was a sweep of non conference-counting varsity soccer Friday as the Cardinal boys journeyed to Washington for a 4-3 shootout, while the girls rode 3 first half scores to top the Cadets 3-0 in Alexandria.
Coach Jon Norem’s squad saw freshman Joey Faddoul put Ireton on the scoreboard at the 15 minute mark gone in the game. The Cadets’ Nico Tawa quickly responded 2 minutes later to knot the score at one a piece. That score held up through the first half of play before the teams exploded for five goals in the second stanza.
Senior Mori Diane put the redbirds back in front with 26 minutes left to play only to see Tawa tally a second time to again tie the contest in the game’s 63rd minute.
That started a flurry of scoring with Kyle Brynteson scoring with 12 minutes to play to again give Ireton a one goal advantage, then Diane recorded his second goal of the day two minutes later to make the game 4-2. St John’s Daniel Tracy pulled the home team within a goal in the game’s final minutes, but the Cadets could not find the equalizer in the waining moments. The win pushed Bishop Ireton to 4-4 on the season.
The JV boys made the day a sweep as they pulled away from a 1-0 halftime advantage to win 3-0 on Quinn Field Friday.
The girls varsity game was a rematch of the 2011 WCAC championship game. This time, it was the home team Cardinals that exploited the departure of more than 10 seniors from last year’s championship team in building in insurmoutable 3-0 lead in the first half and cruised to a shutout win on Fannon Field.
Ireton’s impressive freshman, Lillian Weber got the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the game’s opening minutes. Adrienne Maday made it 2-0 midway through the half and sophomore Corinna Vasques made a strong play to the goal to get the final tally on the overcast day to close out the scoring. It was a dominating win for Bishop Ireton, snapping a two-game skid, including a conference setback to Holy Cross. The JV girls, perhaps following the boys’ lead, topped the Cadets in an identical 3-0 fashion in Alexandria to cap a strong day of soccer for the Ireton teams.
While a non conference counting win, the game did push the varsity girls’ season record to 5-2-1, 1-1 in the WCAC. Ireton returns to action on Tuesday, visiting St Mary’s Ryken for a 6:15 kickoff in Leornardtown.