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The sixth grade soccer team recently competed in the NOAL/Ivy League tournament. They faced Country Day in the semifinal match on January 26. Virginia Gardes scored in the first ten minutes to put the Cardinals on top, and Carolina Mehaffie soon added a second goal off of a header. In the second half, Lanier Kearney scored off of a nice long-range shot into the side netting. Gardes then scored two more goals to complete her hat trick, giving the Cardinals a 5-0 victory.
The Cardinals moved on to the championship game on January 29, where they took on a much-improved Lusher team for the second time this season. Though the Cardinals were able maintain possession and move the ball around well, the Lusher defense was able to hold them off, and the game was scoreless at the end of regulation time. Overtime, too, was a hard-fought battle, as the score remained 0-0.
The championship game would be decided by penalty kicks, one of the most high-pressure situations in sports. Carolina Mehaffie, Mary Schmidt, and Aimee Landry each found the back of the net, and the Cardinals were up 3-2 with the last round of kickers ready to go. Goalkeeper Allie Landry, who had already made a nice save to help give the Cardinals the lead, had the opportunity to seal the victory as the fifth and final Cardinal to kick. As the whistle blew, she lifted the ball, which sailed high into the upper right corner of the net. With that, the Cardinals became the NOAL/Ivy League Champions!
It was an exciting way to end a very successful season for the sixth grade Cardinals. Not only did they take home the championship trophy, but they finished their season undefeated. Most importantly, they worked hard all season and showed great sportsmanship and team camaraderie along the way.