Magnificat, ranked 6th in the State Div. 1 poll, used 3 goals by freshman Alyssa Baumbick, two of which came on penalty kicks, and single goals by senior Ciara Murray and sophomore Natalie Niehaus to defeat host Avon Lake on Monday night.
The Blue Streaks struck early as Baumbick scored her first penalty kick with only 8 minutes gone in the game after junior Natalie Coury was knocked down in the box. Fourteen minutes later, Magnificat struck again as senior Ciara Murray received a pass in front of the Avon Lake goal and knocked it home as Mags took a 2-0 lead into half time.
In the second half, the Blue Streaks scored quickly again as Baumbick gathered a pass at the top of the eighteen and eluded a couple of AL defenders before burying the ball in the back of the net only 3 minutes in.
Ten minutes later, Avon Lake countered with a goal of its own as freshman Catie Corrigan received a beautiful crossing pass from junior Emily O'Connor and blasted it past the Mags goalie to give the Shoregals some faint hope.
The Blue Streaks put the game out of reach with 20 minutes remaining as they scored two goals in less than two minutes to push their advantage to 5-1. The first was scored by sophomore Natalie Niehaus whose hard shot bounced through the hands of the Shoregal goalie and into the goal. The second score came on Baumbick's second penalty kick goal of the night after a Mags player was tripped in the box.
The Shoregals had one more push in them as senior Claire Jones was able to generate a breakaway towards the Magnificat goal and her initial shot was stopped by Mags goalie Kaleigh Piscioneri with the rebound coming back to her and her following shot was beautifully blocked and cleared off by Ciara Murray. Sophomore Piscioneri made 4 saves on the evening and was relieved by freshman Eva Dils who made one save.
Avon Lake also had some fine defensive moments as sophomores Sarah Nasr and Rada Zunich both blocked shots on goal and senior goalie Abby Rogers made 9 saves.
With the win, Magnificat moves to 9-1-1 on the season and is seeded #1 in the Rocky River district for the OHSAA playoffs. Avon Lake drops to 2-6-4 for the season.
In JV action, Magnificat also emerged victorious by a 4-1 score over the Shoregals. The Avon Lake goal was tallied by Molly Jeffries and Lindsay Butler and Amy Crooks shared goalie duties.