(Cover photo credit: Samantha Stallings)
Atherton defeated South Oldham 4-1 in the green division Varsity Championship of the Apple Tournament on on Aug. 26. Game time was 6:15 p.m.
It was last year’s final that Atherton lost 4-2 to Eastern.
“Preseason, we set goals,” said Woodrow Murphy, head coach of Atherton, “I met with the seniors and one of their goals was to place in every tournament we are in. It was a goal we set from last year as well. They played hard and we are very proud of them.”
The Rebels’ Emma Vessels was the first to score with 23:15 left in the first half to put Atherton up 1-0. Though, the lead for the Rebels didn’t stick around long as the South Oldham Dragons tied the game at one with a goal of their own by Skye Thompson with 11:19 left in the first half. That goal by Thompson would be the only goal that the Dragons would score.
The Rebels scored one more goal in the first half off a penalty shot from Hunter Elzy with 4:50 left in the first half to get a 2-1 lead going into half time.
“This means a lot,” said Lexi Wingfield,senior at Atherton. “We have improved a lot over the years.”
Atherton was able to get two corners in the second half before they scored their goal by Margaret Burns with 11:33 left to play. The Dragons were able to get a corner in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on it.
Elzy scored her second goal of the night to help the Rebels take the 4-1 lead and avenge the win in the green division.
“We have a strong team and a very young team,” said Penny Periad, South Oldham head coach. “In the next couple years, we’ll be a powerhouse. We have never, in the history of South Oldham, made it this far in the Apple Tournament. I am excited for the girls. I know one of the girls gave 250% out there and gave it her all. She was very emotional at the end of the game because she wanted the win so bad, and we worked hard all summer to get here.”
The green division championship was one of two varsity championship games held at Sacred Heart’s annual Apple Tournament. Assumption defeated Sacred Heart 3-0 for the red division varsity championship title.