The Laval Senior Academy Panthers dispatched the LCCHS Wolves on their home pitch of Riverside Park in LaSalle by a 6-0 tally to close out the regular season. “I have had this group for the past three years,” Panthers coach Rosie Amicarelli said. “They work hard at their skills and play a very good game.”
The Wolves put in a strong effort, the back line and keeper Isabella Legault, in particular, turned in solid performances, despite the six LSA tallies. “We have a young team,” Wolves’ coach Marie-Pier Michaud said. “We are in a rebuilding process of re-establishing girls’ soccer here (at LCCHS).”
LSA took the play into the Wolves’ den right from the start of play sending the first shot towards Legault, who made a diving save. The Panthers regained possession and Daphne Boutfaghoua sent the ball hard into the back of the Wolves’ net for a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute. Aspa Roumeliotis made it a 2-0 contest with a drive to the top right corner from 30-yards out in the 10th minute of play. LCCHS settled in and kept the Panthers at bay with Legault making several key saves and defenders Cassandra Berardesga and Leah Waldrich sweeping the ball out of harms way to send the game into the break at 2-0. “The girls give their best effort each time we play,” Wolves’ coach Andrea Intrevado said. “Even when they were behind they kept working hard.”
Well played balls produced a quartet of goals in the second half to salt away the victory. Stephanie Mallick-Pilon and Tiara Stewart-Todaro notched carbon copy goals from mid box, driving the ball high and just under the crossbar. Karina Samayoa made it 5-0 on a shot from the left that found the left corner. The final goal came off of the foot of Nikki Panagiotides late in the half. Laval keeper Ashley Barrios recorded the clean sheet, her fifth shutout of the campaign.
The Panthers are on top in the GMAA Juvenile Girls division with one loss, that happened in a meeting with Villa Maria. “Strong team, they played a good game and we didn’t play our best,” coach Amicarelli said. “Now we have to get set for the playoffs.”