Standing on the precipice of a three-peat, something the girls soccer program at Archbishop Ryan had never done, the Ragdolls did the only thing they could think of before Sunday afternoon’s Catholic League championship game:
New season. Different players. Same result.
On Saturday, the Father Judge soccer team had a chance to become the first Catholic League squad in 18 years to play in four consecutive league title games.
When the Northeast soccer team trudged off the field following last year’s disappointing loss to Central in the Public League championship game, Abraham Kamara was a few miles away, helping Father Judge win the Catholic League title.
Kaitlyn McFadden was just about the last person on anyone’s list to score the game-winning goal and send Archbishop Ryan to its third straight Catholic League girls soccer championship game.
Last year, as a No. 7 seed in the Catholic League soccer playoffs, first-year head coach Mike Bradby took his Archbishop Ryan boys on an improbable run to the semifinals.
When Thursday night’s Catholic League girls soccer semifinals come around and Little Flower’s David steps on to the field to face the mighty Goliath of Archbishop Ryan at 7 p.m., Casey Brown knows nobody will give her team much of a chance to win.
In sports, the concept of deja vu sometimes has a cosmic way of spinning full circle.
Below is a list of results and an upcoming schedule for remaining games for the boys and girls Public & Catholic League soccer playoffs. Continue to monitor the Northeast Times’ website (www.northeasttimes.com/sports) for additional scores, updates and web-only game stories.