St. Margaret's Girls Soccer Opens Season With Tournament Championship

The St. Margaret’s varsity girls soccer team began their 2016-2017 campaign with a tournament championship as the Tartans captured the Linfield Christian Tournament title. The Tartans’ solid defense allowed no goals in four matches and was bolstered by a relentless attack that scored 23 unanswered goals by eight different players. St. Margaret's defeated Tri-City Christian 9-0, California Military Institute 5-0, hosts Linfield Christian 3-0 in a spirited semifinal and Rancho Mirage 6-0 in the championship match.

Junior forward Lauren McCaffrey (three goals, four assists) and freshman forward Juliet Ballard (five goals, two assists) were All-Tournament selections while senior midfielder Blake Crawley (six goals, two assists) was named the Offensive Player of the Tournament. Freshman defender Cami Cassinelli was named Defensive Player of the Tournament as she led an outstanding Tartan defense that included Natalie McAleer, Kate Ramm, Jasper Adams, Charlotte Jones and Audrey Larson.

Assistant coach Amy Cope, in her 10th season as the assistant coach for the Tartans, said, “Our team worked hard putting pressure on the other teams. Our overall defensive effort created dangerous opportunities for our offense, and we capitalized on those chances.”

Head Coach Johnny Marmelstein said, “The way we play the game makes it difficult for teams to just play. Our goal is to attack at a frantic defensive pace which places our opponent under an enormous amount of pressure and does not allow them to find a rhythm. At the same time, when we have worked so hard to win the ball back, we want to keep it and not give it away cheaply. While we are only at the beginning of our season and have a lot of room for improvement, the girls are already exhibiting the necessary combative qualities to compete in this manner. If our success in this tournament is any indication of what portends in the future, this version of the girls varsity soccer team will be very exciting to watch this season!”
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