There’s no time for the Lady Tigers to rest on their laurels.
Following Tuesday’s 4-0 win at No. 8 St. Michael the Archangel, the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers and their coach, Bret Sanders, are staring at perhaps their biggest challenge of the year, No. 1 Loyola Prep.
So as much as the Lady Tigers would like time to savor one of the most impressive road wins of the soccer season, the team was back on the practice field preparing.
Loyola comes to town Monday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Division II girls soccer playoffs at Bill Ruple Stadium.
Neville and Loyola met earlier this season which the Lady Flyers won 4-0 after a back-and-forth defensive battle in the first half.
The score may have gotten out of hand in the end, but the Lady Tigers believe the outcome can be different with some adjustments based on lessons learned that night.
“We played them close, then when they got on the board first it took the wind out of our sails,” Sanders said. “But we know where we made mistakes. Loyola is super talented with a ton of club soccer experience. They are what you would call a ‘loaded’ team, but any given night, anyone can get beat.”
Neville is not short on experience or talent either, and the team has grown closer and stronger throughout the season.
That was never more evident than on Tuesday. After the team lost two players to injury against St. Michael, a pair of up-and-coming players stole the show.
Skylar Sorrell scored a hat trick with three goals and Annalise Heyward scored on a header off a corner kick to put the icing on the cake.
“(Heyward) made the difference,” Sanders said. “We were worried when it was 0-0 because if you keep missing it might not be your night. But our girls willed themselves to score some really nice goals.”
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