Sunday, July 23, 2017 This Week's Paper

Bellarmine Prep Cruises In Nonleague Test Against Wilson

// Kebba tallies two goals and an assist for Lions

Bellarmine Prep certainly looks like it has the offensive threats and the defensive prowess to rebound from a disappointing exit in the district soccer playoffs last fall. The Lions scored early and often against Wilson in their second match of the season, as junior midfielder Kaylee Kebba scored two goals and added an assist to lead Bellarmine Prep to a 6-0 win over the Rams on Sept. 19.

“It’s all about playing as a team,” Kebba said. “My teammates were getting open for me and playing me the right balls. We were just working together.”

Kebba tallied her first goal in the fourth minute, taking a pass from Joey Cisakowski near the left sideline and sending a high arcing shot over Wilson keeper Becca Simansky and into the far post to make it 1-0. She made it 2-0 just eight minutes later, as sophomore Alyssa McKiernan delivered a nice through pass from midfield to Kebba, who drove it into the right side past Simansky.

Kebba was on the other end of the scoring in the 19th minute, taking a low pass near the left sideline off a corner and sending a chip to the far post, where defender Emily Nelson drove it in to make it 3-0.

“That’s what we’re hoping to do, is beat people on the outside,” said Bellarmine Prep head coach Joe Waters. “Get people going on the overlap, get crosses in and get shots in.”

The Rams, meanwhile, had little opportunities to score in the first half, but their best chance was snuffed out when Lions keeper Sidney Roberts dove to stop Payton Costello’s free kick from 20 yards out in the 16th minute.

McKiernan gave the Lions an insurmountable 4-0 lead in the 59th minute, getting free on the left side of the box and sending a low shot past Simansky and into the right side. Senior Hope Fleckner added a goal off a free kick from 35 yards out in the 71st minute, and senior Maizy Medley capped the scoring with a goal in the 79th minute for the Lions.

“It was a good start for us,” Waters said. “I was pleased with the clean sheet. I thought we scored some good goals.”

The Lions’ dominated possession for much of the game, forcing Simansky to make 10 saves in addition to the six goals surrendered.

As they venture into the Narrows 4A schedule, Kebba noted that her squad will be relying on their unity to be successful.

“We’re all best friends and we work together,” Kebba said. “We love each other on and off the field, but at the same time we’re able to get on each other and be competitive, and try to beat out each other. That’s how we get better.”