Three days a week first-year Elizabeth Seton and Bishop McNamara high school girls soccer coaches Amanda Lebo and Edgar Rauch are co-coaches for the Freestate Soccer Alliance 10-and-under team.
Wednesday they were each other's opposition.
Seton rebounded quickly from a 5-0 loss to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference foe Holy Cross on Sept. 11 to earn a 2-0 shutout on Wednesday at McNamara. Striker Paige DeLoach scored a goal in each half to lead the Roadrunners.
“It's funny, losing to your co-worker,” Rauch said. “The difference [Wednesday] was [DeLoach] up top for them. We gave her too much space and she made us pay.”
Seton (2-1) is at its best when it can keep the ball on the ground in one- or two-touch-style soccer. The Roadrunners did that effectively Wednesday, Lebo said. They also were propelled by a more structured defense. It helped that senior Julia Howell was back in the lineup after missing the previous game with a knee injury.
Howell combined well with Emily Carroll, Gabby Hayes and Karri Albanese in the back.
“We like to play to feet with one or two touches, but if we get off of that we get into trouble,” Lebo said. “After the Holy Cross game we kind of regrouped and went back to basics. Having a stronger defense gives us a safe sense that they will be there if we lose the ball so we are able to do more, offensively.”
Rauch said staying competitive in games like Wednesday's is important as he tries to improve the program at McNamara. More important than wins and losses, he added, is developing the team's soccer prowess. Executing an attractive style of soccer will entice top-level players when they're choosing their high school.
“The main thing we want to do this year in a conference where we are outmatched in most of our games on paper is to hang with teams and really get our feet underneath us,” Rauch said. “We're working on building a different culture here, there isn't really a soccer culture, yet.”
Elizabeth Seton 2, Bishop McNamara 0
Elizabeth Seton (2-1) 1 1 — 2
Bishop McNamara (2-2) 0 0 — 0
Elizabeth Seton — Paige DeLoach (2).