JVA Wraps Up Undefeated Season
10/30/2018 6:01 PM
In some cases, a 12-0-4 record would speak for itself, but in the case of the 2018 JVA team, it does not tell the whole story of this talented squad and the energy with which it played. Over the course of 16 games, CC gave up only 7 goals. Sky Smith and Sophie Emde-Gerdine combined for nine shut outs, and at one point mid-season, played 470 minutes of soccer without conceding a goal. The center-back tandem of Kelly Costello and Sofia Congram, as well as outside backs Becca Dibble, Chelsea Emde-Gerdine, Aliya Hosford, Anna Jasinski, and Amy Sepucha, also deserve recognition for that extraordinary accomplishment. 

On the other end of the pitch, CC scored 59 goals in sixteen games. CC twice scored off the kick-off. On the first, CC maintained possession for the first minute of the game, completing eight passes, before finding Katherine Quinlan at the top of the box, who blasted home the shot into the upper right corner. On the second occasion, CC took the second half kick off straight down the pitch, where Amelia Karle crossed the ball from right to left to Kira Moran, who calmly netted the goal with only 12 seconds off the clock. 

Perhaps CC greatest strength was it's balanced attack.
 Seventeen different players found the back of the net and 13 players tallied at least one assist. Gracie Sampson led the team in goals (10) and points (25; 10g, 5a), but contributions came from a multitude of players. Freshman Emma McCollum used consistent play in the midfield to lead CC in assists (6), to go along with 5 goals (16; 5g, 6a). McCollum tallied at least one point in nine of the twelve games in which she played. Freshman Hazel Johnstone was the second-leading scorer with seven goals (18; 7g, 4a) on the season. If soccer kept statistics like hockey, no doubt Hazel would have doubled that point total with "hockey assists." Sarah Creamer (12; 4g, 4a), Kira Moran (14; 6g, 2a), Susannah Snell (10; 5g), and Cecily Torres (10; 4g, 2a), also freshmen, rounded out the double-digit scorers. In what may be the strongest evidence of the balance of the CC offense, Sofia Congram, a center-back, added 5 assists and outside back Amy Sepucha was one of four players with four. With talent, grit, and passion throughout the JVA roster, the future of CC Soccer is bright!

The team "MVP" award for the 2018 season goes to the parent fan club. Beyond the rides, psyche dinners, laundry, and love, there is no doubt that the JVA parents were the loudest, toughest, and most committed fan group in the league this year. Many thanks in particular to the crews that endured extreme heat in the opening game vs. Bedford, withstood the monsoon as we took on Waltham, traveled to Westford (the second time) to support the comeback bid, and volunteered, encouraged, and cheered at Kicks for Cancer. Your support was heard, appreciated, and provided much energy and enthusiasm to the team. Thank you!
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