Bishop Verot takes care of Cardinal Mooney

Bishop Verot takes care of Cardinal Mooney


Bishop Verot takes care of Cardinal Mooney


Bishop Verot’s gameplan Tuesday night against Cardinal Mooney in the Region 2A-3 girls soccer semifinal at Viking Stadium was simple.

The goal wasn’t so much to outthink the opposition, but rather to outlast it.

That the Vikings did, securing a 2-1 win to advance to the Region 2A-3 final for the second time in two seasons. A year ago in this same game, Bishop Verot beat Cardinal Mooney 6-1.

“We talked about playing smart defense, waiting for them to make a mistake, dispossessing the ball and playing it up the middle,” said Vikings head coach Randy Zavada, whose team reached the 2A state semifinals in 2014.

Bishop Verot (14-5-5) will meet Berkeley Prep, 1-0 OT winners over St. Petersburg Catholic in the other semifinal Tuesday, on Friday in the Region 2A-3 finals at Viking Stadium.

The Vikings got two early goals in the first half, one from junior Olivia Miller and another from senior Kiera Clay.

Clay, however, had a foot in each of the scores, both highlight-worthy in their own right.

Following a defensive tackle in the 13th minute, Clay picked up the ball in the midfield and played a darting ball to Miller, who side-footed a shot off the outside of her right foot and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Less than 20 minutes later, in the 36th minute, Clay turned from 35 yards out and unleashed a spitfire shot into the top right corner of net to give the Vikings a 2-0 margin.

“Going into this game, we knew we had to be the first to score because it would be a big turning point,” said Miller, who five games ago was moved up from defense to forward. “We’re big rivals against each other.”

Cardinal Mooney’s Sarah Quick pulled back a goal in the second half, finishing a shot from 10 yards out in the 54th minute to give the Cougars (15-4) life, but the Vikings bunkered down for the rest of the match, yielding little else.

“Our game plan was to hunker down a little bit and see what they would do, and that’s what we did,” Zavada said, “particularly when we got up 2-0.”


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