Western Albemarle High School
Girls Junior Varsity Soccer
Game #6 - Western shook off the rust of spring break to win a home game against Charlottesville High School by the score of 4-0. Lauren Pack led the team in scoring with a hat trick. Lauren's first goal four minutes into the first half was off a good solo effort. Western had several scoring opportunities but was denied by the CHS goalkeeper Tracy Powell. The second half saw some sterling performances from defenders Whitney Thomas, Liz Killham, and Caitlin Woodruff. Western was able to control the ball and dominate field position. The second goal for Western came from a give and go with Lauren Pack getting the goal with an assist from Ellen Mierzejewski. Lauren Pack scored her third goal of the night by controlling a throw-in and putting the ball past the goalkeeper. Samantha Houchens got an assist with the throw-in. Scoring for Western was closed out in the sixtieth minute when Samantha Houchens controlled a high cross from Lauren Pack and beat the goalkkeeper for the final score of 4-0.
Game #7 - Western won a home game against Fluvanna High School by the score of 5-0. Two minutes into the game Lauren Pack scored the first goal of the game after a nice series of short passes. Laurin Rudolph, Caitlin Muse, and Ellen Mierzejewski all had assists on that goal. Lauren Pack scored again in the first half after dribbling past several defenders and sliding the ball past the goalkeeper. Samantha Houchens got the final goal of the first half after taking the ball to the middle of the field and putting a nice move on the last defender before kicking the ball in the goal. Laurin Rudolph got the first goal of the second half after chasing down a long pass from Caitlin Woodruff and tapping the ball past the goalkeeper. Lauren Kennedy scored the final goal of the game on a direct kick that just got under the crossbar. Late in the game Emily Craddock got a break from her normal goalkeeping duties and gave a fine showing in the offensive half of the field. Emily had two solid scoring opportunities, striking a hard left-footed shot right at the goalkeeper, and just missing a goal when her second shot struck the crossbar. Lindsay Fagan got herself in good scoring position several times during the game and Ellen Mierzejewski had several high shots that just missed the goal.
Game #8 - Western won an away game against Monticello High School by the score of 6-1. Western won its eighth game in a row by combining excellent passing and timely scoring. Laurin Rudolph started off Western's attack by scoring the first goal of the game. Lindsay Fagan and Lauren Pack had assists on that goal. Lindsay Fagan got her first goal of the season with assists coming from Laurin Rudolph and Samantha Houchens. The third goal of the first half was scored by Samantha Houchens. Laurin Rudolph added an assist on that goal. In the second half Lauren Pack scored all three of Western's goal with assists coming from Lizzi Carroll, Samantha Houchens, Jordan Smith, and Ellen Mierzejewski. Monticello scored the final goal of the game. Once again Western's defense dominated play which led to multiple fast breaks as Western controlled field position. The defense was led by Lauren Kennedy, Caitlin Woodruff, Liz Killham, and Whitney Thomas. Extra effort was exhibited by outside midfielders Samantha Houchens, Lindsay Fagan, and Caitlin Muse. Jordan Smith played an aggressive game initiating quite a bit of physical contact with the opposition.
Game #9 - Western won a home game against Orange County High School by the score of 4-0. Lauren Pack scored the first goal of the game ten minutes into the first half when she made a nice run to the goal and kicked the ball past the goalkeeper after receiving a perfect cross from Laurin Rudolph. With five minutes left in the first half Western was awarded an indirect kick about ten yards from the goal. Samantha Houchens tapped the ball to Lauren Pack who scored on a high hard shot. In the second half Ellen Mierzejewski sent a nice pass from the midfield area to a streaking Laurin Rudolph who blasted a hard shot right at the goalkeeper. Lauren Pack was charging the goal and put the rebound in for her third goal of the game. Later in the half Caitlin Woodruff made a beautiful long pass to Laurin Rudolph who quickly got a foot on the ball to score from twenty-five yards out. The defense again dominated the action with Caitlin Woodruff and Whitney Thomas having fine games. Liz Killham had an outstanding game preventing Orange from getting the ball in scoring position.
Game #10 - Western won a home game against Fort Defiance High School by the score of 7-0. Laurin Rudolph got Western on the board scoring the first goal of the game seven minutes into the first half. Samantha Houchens got the assist on that goal. Samantha Houchens scored the next goal with the assist coming from Lauren Pack. Lauren Pack scored the next two goals of the first half. Samantha Houchens got an assist on the final goal of the first half. Lauren Pack scored the first goal of the second half. Lindsay Fagan provided the assist on that goal. Emily Craddock was relieved of her goalkeeping duties for the second half of the game and she played a fine game at one of the forward positions. Emily made the most of her opportunity as a field player as she got off several shots and scored her first goal of the season after receiving a nice pass from Caitlin Muse and putting the ball past the goalkeeper. Liz Killham finished up the scoring for Western getting the last goal of the game. Lindsay Fagan got her second assist of the night on that final goal. Western easily controlled the action throughout the game and had thirty-seven shots on goal. Ellen Mierzejewski had numerous shots on goal and Lizzi Carroll just missed scoring on a header, striking the ball off the cross bar.
Game #11 - Western won an away game against Covenant School by the score of 9-0. Just two minutes into the first half Lauren Pack scored the first goal of the game for Western. Ellen Mierzejewski provided the assist on that goal. Four minutes later Laurin Rudolph was able to get in good scoring position just inside the penalty box and volleyed the ball past the goalkeeper after two nice passes from Ellen Mierzejewski and Samantha Houchens. Ellen Mierzejewski scored the next two goals of the first half as Western led 4-0 at halftime. Lindsay Fagan contributed an assist on the final goal of the first half. Ellen Mierzejewski had a great first half as she was a key factor in all four goals of the half. Not to be outdone by Ellen's fine first half, Samantha Houchens scored three goals in the second half. Samantha played aggressively and was able to get in good scoring position close to the goal and battled hard to get a foot on several loose balls in front of the goal. Lauren Kennedy, Lauren Pack, and Lizzi Carroll got assists on Samantha's three goals. Laurin Rudolph and Lauren Pack scored the other two goals in the second half. Caitlin Muse got an assist on Laurin Rudolph's goal. Whitney Thomas and Liz Killham did a fine job of quickly stopping any offensive threats by Covenant with aggressive play and good footwork to take the ball from the opposition, get control, and find open teammates downfield. Whitney in particular advanced the ball well into Western's offensive half of the field and for the second game in a row took a shot on goal.
Game #12 - Western won a home game against Monticello High School by the score of 4-0. Six minutes into the first half Laurin Rudolph scored the first goal of the game by making a good hard run down the right wing, took a cross from Lauren Pack about four yards from the goal and sent the ball past the goalkeeper. Seven minutes into the second half Lauren Pack scored after setting up on the left side of the field and putting a shot just inside the far post. Late in the second half Ellen Mierzejewski scored from directly in front of the goal after receiving a nice pass from Caitlin Muse and sending the ball into the left corner of the goal. Just a minute later Lizzi Carroll got credit for the final goal of the game when she sent a high hard shot toward the goal from the right corner that was headed into the goal by a Monticello player who was attempting to clear the ball. Western did a fine job of controlling the ball and particularly in the second half had several good scoring opportunities resulting from quick short passes. Liz Killham played a fine game from her defensive position displaying good footwork and using her speed to get past the Monticello forwards before sending the ball upfield.
Game # 13 - Western won an away game against Charlottesville High School by the score of 2-0. In a game played during a gentle rain, neither team was able to generate many good scoring chances during the first half. The teams traded possession of the ball frequently and both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball long enough to mount an attack on the goal. Western scored the first goal of the game with just eight minutes left in the game. Lauren Pack scored on a left footed shot into the corner of the net from about four yards out after receiving a pass from Samantha Houchens who had taken the ball deep into the left corner and dribbled down the goal line before centering the ball. Just two minutes later Charlottesville had a good scoring chance when Anna Ryan blasted a high hard shot from directly in front of the goal from eighteen yards out. Emily Craddock made a great save by reaching high and poking the ball over the crossbar. With about four minutes left in the game Western got the final goal of the game when Lauren Pack tapped a loose ball past the goalkeeper.