Girls Soccer: Rosary keeps league title hopes aliveRosary's Quincy Kellett and Aurora Central Catholic's Erin Canning battle for a header in the first half Tuesday at Aurora Central Catholic.
Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Rosary’s girls soccer team knew that it in order to keep its Suburban Christian Conference title hopes alive, the Royals would have to spoil rival Aurora Central Catholic’s Senior Night Tuesday.
Without knowing any of the other results, Rosary just went out and took care of business.
The Royals notched a 6-0 win in a steady rainfall to improve to 15-4 overall and 7-1 in SCC play with one game to go. Thursday’s showdown with St. Francis could potentially set up a three-way tie for the title.
“With the conditions like this, it’s always important to play your game and not let the rain affect the way you play,” Rosary coach Kristy Kane said. “We passed it real well today. Some of them were actually excited about the rain. They didn’t say much. They were just ready to play soccer.”
That was evident early and often in the soggy conditions. Freshman Quincy Kellett continued her solid debut campaign with a pair of first-half goals. They were sandwiched around a goal from junior Molly Piech as the Royals took a 3-0 lead into the break.
Then in the second half, senior Alexandra Bode put in a pair of goals and Megan Fitzpatrick, who has battled injuries this season, was able to come on to cap the scoring, eliciting quite a reaction from her teammates.
“Megan has had some concussion issues in the past, so she doesn’t get in often,” Kane said. “It was just nice for her to score since she’s missed some time with injuries in the past.”
Aurora Central Catholic (4-11-1, 1-7) had few scoring chances in the loss, but coach Esther Tan was pleased with her team’s fight.
“It’s disappointing to lose, especially on our Senior Night when the girls were really excited,” Tan said. “Rosary is a rival game for the girls. I’m pleased with our effort and I thought they did a great job. Rosary is a great team. We knew they were going to be able to score on us. I thought we had a couple of quality chances and could have gotten a goal.”
Rosary dropped its game to Wheaton Academy, 1-0, earlier this season. St. Francis plays Wheaton Academy Wednesday and if the Spartans can win that game and Rosary picks up the win Thursday, the three teams would share the title. If Wheaton Academy wins over St. Francis Wednesday, it would win the title outright and if St. Francis wins both of its remaining games, it would split the title with Wheaton Academy.
“We’re hoping for the three-way tie for first place, that’s the best scenario for us,” Kane said.