No. 3 Cavaliers get five different goal scorers against shorthanded Bruins (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Derek Toney
With 14 seniors, Archbishop Spalding High girls’ soccer team has lofty expectations this fall. The Cavaliers have gotten off to an impressive start.
No. 3 Spalding posted a 5-0 decision over second-ranked Broadneck in a non-league contest at Whittles Field in Severn. Senior Zoe Lape had a goal and an assist, and senior Jenna Snead and Fifi Iluyomade each tallied.
The perennial IAAM A Conference power ceased command early, scoring twice inside the first six minutes against the Bruins, who won the Class 4A state championship last fall. Lauren Korsnick and Zandy Gardner added second half tallies for the Cavaliers (3-0-1 overall).
“We wanted to evaluate where we are,” said Cavaliers coach Ashly Kennedy, whose team hasn’t allowed a goal. “The girls have really come together the past couple of weeks, being unified and united in our goals this year.”
After winning the IAAM A crown in 2016, Spalding’s repeat bid was derailed by upstart Mercy in the semifinals. Mercy lost to McDonogh School in the final.
“We almost carry a chip on our shoulder when we come to play,” said Snead. “We know every single practice, every single time we come out on this field, it’s time to make ourselves better and establish our reputation.”
Spalding didn’t take long to establish its “cred” Tuesday as Illyumode scored off a pass from Jessica Zimmerman in the opening minute. Lape made it 2-0, converting a feed from Courtney Corcoran.
“It’s good to get the results early because it helps set the tone,” said Cavaliers senior goalie Jillian Savageau. “It gets the team motivated and get the energy up.”
Savageau turned away Broadneck’s best scoring opportunity in the 45th minute. In the 52nd minute, Snead got a pass from Abby Jennault and blasted a shot into the left corner, making it 3-0.
“They ramped up their intensity and put the pressure on us,” said Kennedy. “We still found ways to score…our professionalism and approach to this game was significant.”
The Bruins (0-1-2) kept a consistent work rate in the second half, despite not having five starters – Tobin Chambers, Caleigh Fletcher, Eva Mowery, Torie Brown and All-Met midfielder Talia Gabarra – because of injuries. Only Mowery, a freshman forward, is expected to return.
Broadneck coach John Camm said the Bruins “have no time to put our heads down,” with a key Anne Arundel County league match at 16th-ranked South River Thursday.
“We need to make a few adjustments and we need to be a little tougher, but we’ll get there,” said Camm.
Spalding believes it’s in a good place with IAAM A play starting Friday at St. Mary’s.
“The bar is going to keep going up and up. Our motto is ‘All Out.’ Every single game, every single moment, no matter the team, no matter how far, you got to go all out,” said Savageau. “If we keep doing that, it’s going to be a great season.”
No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 5, No. 2 Broadneck 0
Goals: Spalding – Iluyomade, Lape, Snead, Korsnick, Gardner
Assists: Spalding – Zimmerman, Corcoran, Jennault, Lape, Sadeghian
Saves: Broadneck – Smargissi 2, Hoffman; Spalding – Savageau 2, Dean
Broadneck 0 0 – 0
Spalding 2 3 – 5