Northeast Times

Getting their kicks

It has been a roller-coast­er sea­son for the St. Hubert soc­cer squad, but re­gard­less of the score­board, the Bam­bies are stay­ing strong.

It hasn’t been easy. 

But the St. Hubert High School soc­cer team has en­dured one battle after an­oth­er in hopes of earn­ing a place in the Cath­ol­ic League play­offs. 

They’ve won some. They’ve lost some. But the Bam­bies keep com­ing back for more. 

St. Hubert is 8-6-2 on the sea­son. They broke a four-game los­ing streak on Fri­day af­ter­noon with a 3-1 vic­tory over Chel­ten­ham. On Monday, the Bam­bies lost to long­time rival Little Flower High School, 2-1. 

“Every game is a big game. Every game counts,” said for­ward Gina Sgrillo, a seni­or. “We have to win one at a time and take it from there. We know it’s go­ing to be phys­ic­al. I think every­one is con­fid­ent that we have a really good chance of win­ning.” 

Sgrillo knows a thing or two about per­sist­ence. 

A four-year soc­cer play­er at St. Hubert, she severely in­jured the me­di­al col­lat­er­al lig­a­ment in her left knee dur­ing her sopho­more sea­son. The re­cov­ery was lengthy, and she was forced to the side­line for half the sea­son. 

Six weeks ago, it nearly happened again. To the same knee.

“It happened right after try­outs. I just turned my knee the wrong way and it twis­ted,” re­called Sgrillo. “I had to go to phys­ic­al ther­apy. My doc­tor said if it didn’t get bet­ter, I would have to get an MRI and pos­sibly sur­gery, but it didn’t get to that point.”

After three weeks of phys­ic­al re­hab­il­it­a­tion, Sgrillo was cleared to prac­tice along­side her team­mates once again. A week later, she ap­peared in her first game. 

“I feel bet­ter. My knee feels a lot stronger,” she said. “It felt great to get back out there. It was an­noy­ing sit­ting on the bench. It’s my seni­or year and I was so ex­cited for this year, so I’m happy to be back.”

Sgrillo has net­ted five goals since her re­turn on Sept. 14. She scored a sea­son-high two goals in the Bam­bies’ 8-0 win over Neu­mann-Gor­etti on Sept. 20. 

“Gina has been do­ing a nice job,” said head coach Mickey Mc­Groarty. “She’s had her ups and downs be­cause of her in­jury, but she’s play­ing well.”

The Bam­bies have ex­per­i­enced their own highs and lows this sea­son. The squad dom­in­ated the first half of the sea­son, los­ing just once in the first 10 games. They hit a rough patch in Oc­to­ber. St. Hubert has lost five of its last six games; in three of them, the Bam­bies were shut out.

“We’re in all the games, and a lot of them we should have won. We’re do­ing OK,” said Mc­Groarty. 

St. Hubert’s last reg­u­lar-sea­son game was slated for today (Oct. 20) against Car­din­al O’Hara. 

“I hope that we fin­ish as good as we star­ted. We have worked so hard. I hope that we do well,” said ju­ni­or for­ward Claire Al­minde. “As a team, we really all get along this year. We’re close as a team.” 

Al­minde gave up her usu­al mid­field re­spons­ib­il­it­ies this sea­son to fill a va­cant spot in the front. The play­er, a three-year com­pet­it­or for the Bam­bies’ soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and soft­ball teams, has scored five goals this sea­son. 

As they looked to­ward that last game in the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Bam­bies still had hopes for a berth in post­season play.  

“If we play up to our full po­ten­tial, we have a good chance of win­ning,” said Mc­Groarty. “We’re cap­able of be­ing a real good team, but real good teams know how to fin­ish. We’re kind of er­rat­ic in that.” ••

Ed­it­or Melissa Yerkov can be reached                                 at my­erkov@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at myerkov@bsmphilly.com.

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