The St. Frederick Lady Warriors saw their season come to an end following a 3-2 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field in Monroe.
St. Frederick junior Blair Breard netted a goal in the 72nd minute of the match to pull the Lady Warriors to within 3-2. The Lady Warriors kept the attack on, giving the team a couple of late scoring chances that did not come together.
“This was a game where we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” St. Frederick coach Russ Parent said. “I felt like we dominated possession but we didn’t capitalize on the opportunities (to score).”
The Lady Falcons got on the board first with a goal by Reagan Greer and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
St. Frederick (14-4-1) quickly scored out of halftime to tie the game 1-1 on a goal by Mem Smelser just a minute into the second half.
“I knew we would come out in the second half and score some goals,” Parent said. “We made some costly mistakes that led to goals (by St. Thomas Aquinas).”
The tying goal by Smelser, a freshman, rattled the Lady Falcons for a moment, but it ultimately gave them a jolt on offense according to coach B.J. Scott.
“It really kind of woke us up,” Scott said. “St. Frederick came out on fire (in the second half). It was kind of like smelling sauce for us and then we decided to start playing again. Credit St. Frederick. They are a very good team.”
St. Thomas Aquinas(16-7-3) scored two quick goals moments after the Smelser goal to take a commanding 3-1 lead on goals by Lindsey Cardova and a second goal by Greer.
Despite the crushing feeling of the quarterfinal loss on Saturday, the St. Frederick program made big strides by earning the fourth-seed in the playoffs and making the third-round for the first time under Parent.
“We felt like, even down 3-1, we could tie it,” Parent said. “It just never came. But we are excited already for next year. I think our girls will have a lot to prove.”
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