Lady Irish win state soccer title

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic High School’s girls soccer team made history Nov. 2, and in doing so made an impact on a state-wide level.

The Lady Irish won the TSSAA Girls Soccer State Championship in Murfreesboro, defeating neighboring rival Christian Academy of Knoxville 3-1 in the Class A/AA title match at Richard Siegel Park.

The KCHS Lady Irish soccer team shows off the state championship trophy it won Nov. 2 in Murfreesboro.

The KCHS Lady Irish soccer team shows off the state championship trophy it won Nov. 2 in Murfreesboro.

It was the first state championship for any girls team in KCHS history.

Under the direction of coach Mark Leader, the Lady Irish have been knocking on the door of a state title. But the team finally burst through with the help of a senior and a freshman.

Senior Molly Dwyer scored all three goals in the victory and freshman Katie Whitaker, who was thrust into the match with 78 minutes to play, recorded six saves. Katie was called on when the starting goalkeeper was forced to leave the match after being issued a red card for running into a CAK player.

Katie, who started the season at goalkeeper before being sidelined by a wrist injury, was caught off guard when summoned to play in the championship match, but she fiercely defended the Lady Irish’s net in route to the title.

It was Catholic’s fourth meeting with CAK, and the Lady Irish won all four matches. The Lady Irish finished the season with a 21-3-4 record.

Molly, the leading scorer for the Lady Irish this season, will continue her soccer career at Furman University, where she has committed to play.

The 2013 Lady Irish soccer team featured seniors Molly Dwyer, Charlotte Sauter, Lucy Hanson, Abby Leake, Brenna Zimmerman, Katie Covino, and Rebecca Mathien; juniors Colleen Baker, Ashley Hickman, Tyler Beard, Gabby Prevost, and Abby Bower; sophomores Paige Merry, Camille Mancini, Renee Semaan, Alyston Dorsten, and Isabelle Pinzon; and freshmen Katie Whitaker and Anya Wegryn. The head coach is Mark Leader and the assistant coaches are Vahan Janoyan and Martha Hall.