Dominican’s soccer team wrapped up a terrific season, ending at in the playoff semi-final game. The team advanced to the semi-finals of the playoffs with a record of 19-2-8.
The team made it to the semi-final match against Northshore after an nail-biter in the quarter-final round. During that game against St. Joseph Academy, a final goal granted the team a spot in the semi-finals.
In the game against St. Joseph, the score was tied 1-1, and the time was ticking away. Junior and team co-captain Stella French made an outstanding pass to sophomore Bradley Hughes, who then scored a perfect goal to help push the team to victory.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it,” said Hughes. “I knew I needed to get the ball in the goal, and that was my main focus.”
With this focused approach, this year’s season was a success. The team credits its dedication to their coach, Mr. Al Silvas. Highlighting the season was Mr. Silvas’s 300th win as a coach.
Mr. Silvas reached that milestone on Jan. 4 when Dominican defeated St. Louis Catholic with a final score of 4-1. After coaching at Dominican for 11 years, 218 of his victorious games were won during his time at Dominican.
Mr. Silvas credited the players he’s coached over the years for their willingness to do their best. He also acknowledged the “positive outlook and culture all the girls bring to the team, and all the work they put in.” The team sacrificed three months’ worth of sweat and muscle aches to reach the playoffs this season. Freshman and goalie Olivia Icamina said, “The hard work and determination put in during games and practices are what helps us to be better soccer players and a better team.”
- Lindsey Foles