Lady Chiefs Knocked From Playoffs After 6-0 Loss
Last Saturday, head coach Erica Allua wasn’t sure how her 14th-seeded Canarsie High School girls’ soccer team was going to fare in its first round playoff match up against 19-seeded Kingsbridge-Riverdale Academy last Saturday.
Pushing uncertainty aside, the Lady Chiefs got three-goals from sophomore Judlie Victor and stellar goalkeeping from junior Kamesia McPherson to defeat the Lady Tigers, 4-2, at home last Saturday.
Although surprised by the win, because of her team’s lackluster play in the last few games of the regular season, Allua said she was happy that her squad played up to the level of contention.
“I’m extremely surprised. They wanted to win,” the jubilant coach said after the match. “They played like they should when they want to win, like they know when they have competition. There are no words…I’m speechless.”
McPherson, who had 15 saves, turned aside Riverdale-Kingsbridge on two nice stops, keeping the Lady Chiefs’ lead intact. However, off some crisp passing, the Lady Tigers beat McPherson, closing the gap to 2-1 at 2:29 in the first half.
Riverdale-Kingsbridge tied the game after a long kick that went in just over McPherson’s outstretched hands early in the second half.
However, Victor found the back of the net for her second tally to give the Lady Chiefs a 3-2 advantage.
Later, Victor broke free from the defense and in a one-on-one scored an impressive goal that completed her hat trick and sealed Canarsie’s 4-2 victory.