(Cover photo credit: Samantha Stallings)
Rivals Sacred Heart Academy and Assumption High, for the second time in a week, faced each other in the Apple Tournament. This time, however, in the red division Apple Tournament finals.
The Rockets came out on top, beating the Valkyries 3-0.
“It’s been a long time coming for us to win the Apple,” said Debbie Judd, head coach of Assumption. “We are usually not as far along in the beginning of the season as we are towards the end. I am very proud of my girls. I thought they went out there nice and relaxed. They played Rocket hockey where as they played as a team, not as individuals, with confidence and hustle. “
In the beginning of the first half, it was back and forth. Sacred Heart and Assumption got two corners each before the Rockets would score the only goal of the first half by Ashley Wilbur with 13:55 left to put the Rockets up 1-0. The Valkyries soon got three corners back-to-back, but were unable to capitalize on any of them.
“Sacred Heart has won this tournament 10 years in a row, so as junior I have never won this before,” said Ashley Wilbur of Assumption. “This is a huge deal to us to start our preseason off like this and it’s just a huge honor.”
Sacred Heart would try to score in the second half off a corner, but still was unable to capitalize. The Rockets scored two goals in the second half: the first by Erica Cooper with 17:30 left to play and the second by Emma Spinetto with 4:30 left to play.
Assumption took the 3-0 win.
“We have a lot of work to do.” said Eleanor Mitchell, Sacred Heart head coach. “I thought Assumption played a great game. The good thing about the Apple is that it shows us what we need to work on for down the road. I am happy with the way we played this tournament. We just have some work to do. “
The red division championship was one of two varsity championship games held at Sacred Heart’s annual Apple Tournament. Atherton defeated South Oldham 4-1 for the green division varsity championship title.