St. Paul's girls soccer team rebounded from a home loss earlier in the week to defeat Catholic High, 3-2, Friday at Herring Run Park.
Two early goals from corner kicks, four and 10 minutes into the match, put the Gators in a tough spot.
Coach Don Keener pulled freshman goalie Tiffany McKee following both scores and replaced her with senior Maria Stavarkis. But the Gators' net-minder wasn't the only position that needed sharpening. Throughout the first half, St. Paul's looked a little slow and were struggling to gel together.
"[We were] Not connecting on passes. Not everybody was on the same page today," Keener said. "When you only have five players on the same page, or two or three that are really working hard, you're not going to convert. We didn't finish opportunities. And those two goals shouldn't have been scored."
Depsite a lack of offensive aggression St. Paul's dominated time of possession for the majority of the game, making Catholic High's defense work. It was not until 30 seconds left in the first half that Maggie Furlong took the ball straight up the middle to put the Gators on the board.
Entering the second half, the Gators seemed rejuvenated and after many more attempts to recover, junior Amanda Giulio found her sister Kristyn in the center. A cross to the right set up the freshman for the tying goal.
Five minutes later, freshman Katerina Stavrakis got the ball with no defenders on her for a straight shot on goal for the win.
"The biggest change in the second half, we switched field position so the wind was at our back instead of coming at us," Keener said. "And it's an advantage, obviously, with the ball. Any time you put it in the air, it's going to travel five, six yards deeper.
"But the big thing with the girls is I told them they had to step up their play because they really didn't come to play today. They didn't play as well as they did the other day against Bryn Mawr in the first half. And they stepped it up and got more physical."
St. Paul's will look to improve its record next week when they face rival Friends School on their home turf.