Photos by Liam Stewart '21
Middletown- To say this year’s group of the Lady Seraphs Soccer team is playing with a chip on their shoulder is an understatement. After being shutdown for two weeks due to COVID19 the Mater Dei Prep Lady Seraphs soccer team is off to a 2-0 start, their best start to the first week of the season since 2013 where that group started 3-1.
The Seraphs have opened their season with two straight wins over Ranney high school with wins of 6-2 and 3-0. In their season opener Mater Dei Prep led Ranney 2-1 at the half behind goals from senior midfielder Mackenzie Urban on assist from junior midfielder Kate Braun and the second goal from Braun on assist from sophomore forward Delaney Urban. In the second half, the Seraphs came out fast and never looked back with goals from Delaney assisted by Braun, Mackenzie unassisted, Braun from Luchina and Luchina from Delaney to pull away from the Panthers to a 6-2 win. With the win, sophomore goalie Gabriella Giaramita earned her first high school win with 14 saves.
A game that took nearly two weeks to happen due to their shutdown and rain outs, finally came on a beautiful Monday afternoon at home in their second game of the season and their Senior Night. This group of eight seniors that consists of Mackenzie Urban, Olivia Szotak, Bridgette Sullivan, Nora Stewart, Sophia Jensen, Lara Gritzek, Brooke Luchina and Harley Parson have come a long way since the freshman year. In 2017 they went 0-13 with only 3 goals for. In 2018 they went 6-11 with 20 goals for. In 2019 they went 6-14 with 43 goals for and got back into the NJSIAA Non-Public B South Jersey tournament.
This year the spirits, dedication and focus are extremely high for the Lady Seraphs as they look to match the 2013 state finalists and 2014 semi-finalist teams with their own NJSIAA playoff push, especially in a shortened NJSIAA tournament season due to COVID19 that could consist of just three tournament games to determine a state champion.
The Senior game ended with a 3-0 win over Ranney for the second win of the season for Mater Dei Prep. Braun recorded her first career high school hat-trick with one goal in the first half and two in the second half. Giaramita earned her second win of the season in net and her first high school shutout with 8 saves.
(5) Kate Braun… (2) Mackenzie Urban…Delany Urban and Brooke Luchina
2020 ASSISTS: (2) Kate Braun… (1) Delaney Urban and Brooke Luchina
2020 GOALIE STATS: SAVES (22) AND WINS (2) Gabriella Giaramita
Friday 10/23 at Monmouth Regional at 3:45pm
Wednesday 10/28 home against Point Pleasant Beach at 4pm
Monday 11/2 home against Princeton Day at 4pm
Saturday 11/7 at Saint Rose at 10am