Nationally-ranked Girls Soccer completes an undefeated season

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Nationally-ranked Girls Soccer completes an undefeated season

Captain Riley Tiernan and the stars of the Girls Soccer team return to midfield following a goal.

Captain Riley Tiernan and the stars of the Girls Soccer team return to midfield following a goal.

Andrew Shinkle '22

Captain Riley Tiernan and the stars of the Girls Soccer team return to midfield following a goal.

Andrew Shinkle '22

Andrew Shinkle '22

Captain Riley Tiernan and the stars of the Girls Soccer team return to midfield following a goal.

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  Coming into the season, Eastern Girls Soccer had many questions, with prospective players opting to play development academy and leaders from last year’s state championship team off to college. Many wondered if they would be able to be as dominant as they were.

  So far, the team has absolutely blown past the competition.

  Thirteen games into the season, Eastern is undefeated with a staggering forty-four goal differential, and has multiple dominant performances under their belt. The season began on September 3rd with a convincing 3-1 win over Paul VI, which included goals from both forwards Kelli McGroarty and Riley Tiernan, as well as defender Sara Brocious. Even with an unbeaten start to the season, Coach McGroarty has preached the message of staying grounded. 

  “At this point of the year, all it means is that we started off the season well, but hopefully we can continue that,” he said.

  Using the momentum from their season-opening winner, Eastern continued their hot streak by prevailing against extremely competitive opponents, including a 4-0 win over nationally ranked, Shawnee. 

  Goals have seemed to come easily from the lethal attack upfront, with the team averaging over 4.5 goals per game. La Salle commit and last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year Kelli McGroarty commented on just how prevalently the team has been able to score.

  “It always starts off in the defense with Sara Brocious back on D, and then obviously being able to get it from the midfield and possessing the ball; and then them being able to set us up in situations where Riley (Tiernan), Devin (Shapiro), Faith (Quinn), and I can put some balls away,” she said.

  Not only has the team been scoring constantly, but they have also been extremely solid defensively, led by defender Sara Brocious and goalkeeper Olivia Alves. Brocious named leftback Klio Kokolis their unsung hero of the team because of her astounding performances in the back. 

  “It’s her first year playing defense, and she’s been doing a great job. Lights out on the left side!” she said. 

  The season is now in full swing, and even though the team is dominating, they know that there is a long road ahead. The reigning champs have their sights on the bigger picture; winning the state championship again. 

  Brocious perfectly summed up the team’s goals for the future.

  “We have been able to stay motivated by last year’s win in states because all of the sophomores, juniors, and seniors know what it’s like, and we constantly talk about it to the freshman, so I’m pretty sure they want to know what it’s like too. It would be great if we could get back there again, so that’s our goal.”