Condoleon leads JFK past LaBrae, 6-2
LEAVITTSBURG — John F. Kennedy outpaced the Lady Vikings of LaBrae for the whole 80 minutes and put up six goals to take a 6-2 victory Tuesday night in girls soccer action.
“We’ve been in a bit of a rut, so today’s game, and being able to score six goals, was huge for us,” Kennedy coach Kayla Zoccole said. “I think it’s going to be really good for us moving forward on to Champion on Saturday. I think it’s a turning point for the better for the rest of the season.”
Pace was a killer for the Vikings, with Kennedy setting the tempo every chance it could. Flying by LaBrae with their speed created numerous chances, which led to several shots on net for the Eagles.
“Pace is definitely something we need to work on,” LaBrae coach Diane Downey said. “We need to get rid of the ball sooner, we need to make quicker passes and quicker decisions.
“We’re still an inexperienced team. We got a late start on this season. I have a good group of kids, but we’ve got a lot of work to do. This is sort of a rebuilding year for us.”
Caitlyn Condoleon had herself a game, scoring four goals. Condoleon opened the scoring with a penalty kick goal with 25 minutes on the clock. She later got free on a breakaway and sent a shot past LaBrae keeper Mara Kujala to give the Eagles a two-goal lead.
Alissa Scattino popped a shot up from 20 yards out with three minutes left in the first half to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Vikings were missing their starting goaltender, leaving sophomore Kujala to take the reins in the net. Despite her shaky start, Downey was still pleased with things she saw her do.
“I was confident in Mara,” Downey said. “I think she needed to get the confidence to be in there, and I think that she did a good job. That’s always difficult for a team when you don’t have the same keeper behind you. Overall, I thought Mara did a good job, I was not unhappy with that. She needed the experience, and it was a good game to put her in.”
LaBrae saw the back of net twice in the second half, with Kylie Thornton and Desi Allen sending shots past Kennedy goalkeeper Alexa Chieffo, to eventually cut the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Eagles.
The Eagles attack didn’t let up, even in the waning seconds of the match. Megan Walsh snuck a shot in the net with 16 seconds left on the clock to give the Eagles their sixth and final goal of the night.
LaBrae looks to recover on the road when they face the Lordstown Red Devils, while Kennedy squares off against Champion.
“I feel really confident going into the next game,” Zoccole said. “Not only myself, but I think the players needed this, a little confidence boost going into Saturday, that they can do it, they can score when they believe in themselves.