Cathedral Lady Wave soccer falls in first round of playoffs to St. Al, 7-0

Published 11:57 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The only thing Cathedral High School girls soccer coach Dennis Hogue wanted from his team Tuesday night was effort.

Despite dropping its first round MAIS Division III playoff game to St. Aloysius, 7-0, Hogue said he got his wish.

“I told them if they came off the field with anything left in the tank that I would know they didn’t play hard enough. From the look one everybody’s faces, there is no doubt everybody gave everything they had,” Hogue said. “In true Green Wave fashion, these girls got fired up and knew it was a matter of pride. We wanted to come out and fight like we could win the game, and they did.”

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St. Al dominated the game offensively, scoring its first goal at the 13-minute mark. Madelyn Polk punched in the early score with the assist from Anne Elizabeth Farthing.

Polk ended the game with three goals, while Mary Ranager scored the other four.

“We knew coming in that everybody was strong and the odds were stacked against us,” Hogue said. “They have some standouts.”

Although the Lady Flashes were firm on the attack, Cathedral held St. Al to just one additional goal before trailing at halftime, 2-0.

Cathedral goalkeeper Rivers Lee ended with a dozen saves.

“Shout out to Rivers,” Hogue said. “It could have been a lot worse. She had an amazing night.”

Hogue said while the Lady Wave wasn’t able to notch the postseason win, he was pleased with how his team competed.

Cathedral won its district after two strong victories over powerhouse Laurel Christian during the year.

“We are always in the hunt,” Hogue said. “Every since four or five years ago, I think we have been district champs. We have a little tradition going. We are always knocking on the door, but can’t seem to get past the first round.”

The Lady Wave will lose three seniors to graduation in CeCe McKinney, Anna Schwager and Emily Hicks.

“I love them to death,” Hogue said. “What a bunch.”

Moving forward, Hogue said he thinks Cathedral will be in good shape.

“We graduated nine seniors last year, so this was supposed to be a rebuilding year,” he said. “These seniors and their leadership have been awesome, but the young bunch has carried us to the playoffs. They have really stepped up and made a difference at the varsity level.”

Cathedral ends its season at 10-4.