By: Noah Apteker, Shrey Sheth Uday Vashisth
PHILADELPHIA - On Tuesday, Nov. 8 Springside Chestnut Hill (SCH) Academy faced Baldwin School in the PAISAA quarterfinals. SCH went into the game as the number one seed, while Baldwin was the number eight seed.
The game was one-sided with SCH displaying why they are the top seed in the competition and achieved a commanding 4-0 victory.
It didn’t take long for SCH to find the back of the net with senior Bella Brown scoring after just three minutes of play.
Sophomore, Zarin DeVeaux, ensured a buffer for the team by scoring SCH’s second goal with six minutes left of the first half.
The game was put to bed when senior Lisa McIntyre slotted the ball past Baldwin’s Megan Adelman early in the second half.
Emphasizing the team’s clinical goal-scoring, sophomore, Lida Goloveyko, scored twelve seconds before the final whistle with a powerful shot into the top right corner, to seal the victory.
“This is the conclusion of our season. This is not the way we wanted to end the season but we were playing the number one ranked team in the state tournament. We knew it was a tough opponent and we have a lot of respect for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy,” said Baldwin School head coach Adrian Cox.
Cox also reflected on Baldwin’s season and some of the positives that the team experienced.
“I will remember the nine seniors that are graduating here,” said Cox. “A lot of the girls have been part of the program for the last four or five years. They’ve given a lot to this program through their leadership and attitude. They’re great leaders and role models for the younger players to follow.”
SCH coach Maria Kosmin was happy with her team's quick start.
“I think from the get-go the speed of play was there and they know that if you lose you’re done," said Kosmin.
Despite the team’s emphatic victory, however, Kosmin acknowledged that there is always room for improvement.
“To say I’m not happy with a four-to-nothing win would be a lie,” said Kosmin. “But there were many chances in front of the goal that did not happen. Just finishing our chances when we have them to put teams away earlier is something we can improve on.”
SCH have their semi-finals game this Thursday against Westtown School. Goalkeeper Gracyn Lee-Torchiana, discussed the game plan for the big clash.
“We want to start it how we started today, super upbeat and ready for the game,” said Lee-Torchiana. “Usually we come out a little slow but then we get into it but today we came out strong and I hope that carries into the next game.”