NJSIAA Girls Soccer Non-Public A final scouting report

NJSIAA Girls Soccer Non-Public A final scouting report

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NJSIAA Girls Soccer Non-Public A final scouting report

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GIRLS SOCCER SCOUTING REPORT

GIRLS SOCCER SCOUTING REPORT

What: NJSIAA Non-Public A Final

Who: Bishop Ahr (16-2-2) vs. Immaculate Heart (19-1-1)

When/Where: Today, 8 p.m. at The College of New Jersey

How they got here: Bishop Ahr the Non-Public South A champion, knocked out St. John Vianney and Pingry in penalty kick shootouts and Holy Cross 1-0. Immaculate Heart, the Non-Public North A champion, shut out Union Catholic 4-0, DePaul 7-0 and Pope John 2-0.

Bishop Ahr Report: The Trojans have been living on the edge throughout the postseason, having gone to penalty kick shootouts in each of their first two matches. But the steadying presence of goalkeeper Brianna Foster has kept the Bishop Ahr boat afloat. Against St. John Vianney, Foster made a diving save to preserve the victory in the sudden death round of the shootout, and three days later, she did it again, coming up big against Pingry in another lose-and-go-home scenario. The Trojans have relied on their defense all season, winning games by 1-0 margins throughout, but they’ll need offensive standouts such as Jill Vassallo and Alexa Povelaitis to come up big against Immaculate Heart. The tandem has been the go-to scorers in 2013, combining for 37 goals and 23 assists.

Immaculate Heart Report: In stark contrast to the way Bishop Ahr has been playing, Immaculate Heart hasn’t left much to chance in the postseason, rolling its three opponents 13-0 in three matches. Alexandria Mesropyan has been the leader of the Blue Eagles’ attack. Of their 13 postseason goals, six have come in the first half to build a comfortable advantage. Expect to see a good amount of pressure on Foster and the Bishop Ahr back line early.

Andrew Constant

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