Volleyball Homecoming Game vs. Saint Vincent Pallotti (by Kayla Smith '20)
The homecoming volleyball game was amazing to say the least. Although we commenced the game with a less-than-promising warm-up, we pulled out a strong 3-0 victory against St. Vincent Pallotti. After the final events of Music Day, we made our way down the gym to decorate it with streamers, sign, and balloons. Following an extremely eventful and tiring day, we lacked the energy necessary to have a strong and productive warm-up. We missed passes that we typically get in practice and failed to move our feet to get to the ball. Parents and students slowly started filing into the stands to watch us warm-up. Knowing that our opponent was equal in skill to a team we had previously lost to, we became increasingly frustrated with each other and our poor warm-up performance. However, at the start of the game we had a complete turnaround; we played exceedingly better. We beat Pallotti in our first set, playing better than we ever have. Point by point, we continued adding sets under our belt by making great last-ditch efforts to get to the ball and remaining level-headed throughout the duration of the game. With the crowd cheering and sets racking up we became increasingly energized and had the most fun game thus far in the season. After beating Pallotti 3-0, we high-fived the opponent and proceeded in celebratory cheers concluding our homecoming game victory and the best game of our season so far!
Soccer Homecoming Game vs. Mercy High School (by Siena Waldman ‘20)
On Saturday, CVS (Cathedral Varsity Soccer) played Mercy HS for our homecoming game. We all arrived early to decorate the fence and talk about the upcoming game. As we warmed up, a nervous excitement filled the air. This game was the only thing on anyone’s mind (besides what they were going to wear to the dance that night).
We started with the ball but Mercy scored within the first 5 minutes. Luckily it was offsides, but it came as a shock to us and we knew we had to relax, get it together, and play our game. The backline, which consisted of Amanda de Castro, Allison Pierce, Jessica Alewine, and Mary Rose Bell, played strongly for the first half, and with the help of legendary keeper Lilly Keller we only conceded one goal by halftime. Despite being down, we knew we were still in the game. After the half, we changed our formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-1 with a diamond in the midfield in hopes of creating more offensive opportunities. Unfortunately, since we had never played this formation before, there were several problems with our defensive positioning, leading us to concede 3 more goals. However, we did not give up for even a second. The other team was very aggressive and physical, but we stayed strong and kept fighting, gaining tenacity and passion. As the game progressed to its final minutes, we knew we had to score. Our forwards, Nina Davy and Sam Douki, were doing everything they could to get a shot on goal. Mary Rose Bell, at left mid, had several shots from the left side that the goalie saved, much to the crowd’s dismay. Finally, within the last two minutes of the game, a corner kick from Jessica Alewine was loose in the box and Siena Waldman jumped into the air and hit the ball with her back, and the crowd erupted as it rolled into the goal. The goal ended up not counting because the ref called it offsides, or maybe the player fouled the goalie, no one is completely sure. But everyone who witnessed the shot considered it to be a real goal. Regardless of what the score should have been, we lost. But no one was upset because we played hard, and worked for each other, and both the players and the spectators had a fun time.
Field Hockey Homecoming Game vs. Bullis (by Ella Berry '20)
This past weekend during the NCS Homecoming game, the Eagles beat the Bullis Bulldogs 1-0. The singular goal was scored by senior Fiona Heaps during a penalty corner in the second half. Following the exhilarating win, the crowd rushed the field in their all white apparel to show their support and enthusiasm. Each member of the team was integral to the success of the Eagles and made the game one to remember for the 12 seniors on the varsity team.