Girls’ Soccer Likes Taste of Pepsico Tournament Win


The Girl’s Varsity soccer team is midway through one of their most successful seasons to date, and they show no signs of stopping after winning the PepsiCo Tournament in a dominant fashion.
The Friars were one of 96 teams to enter into the PepsiCo Showdown, which featured nearly 2,500 high school athletes and over 200 games. After losing thier first game, the girls battled until ultimatley defeating Crystal Lake in the championship 3-1.
The succsess of the team can be heavily contributed to the senior leadership and talent that is present on the roster.
All five captians on the team are seniors, and three of them, Kaylie Fredian, Lauren Miller and Lauren Stibich, are four-year varsity starters and two-year captains.
Coach Watson can not speak highly enough of his seniors, calling Miller the team’s “iron woman.”
When speaking about Fredian, watson commented that “Kaylie is our ‘workhorse.’ She gives 110% and does everything that the untrained eye won’t notice. She is our motivational leader.”
With the PepsiCo tournament behind them, all focus has been placed on the state tournament, where the girls are expected to be a contender for the 2A state title.
Last year, the girls competed in 3A and fell to York in the regional final, ending with a record of 8-7-1. Many of that team’s members returned to play this year, and the experience they earned was priceless
Already, the girls have tallied more wins than last year, and with the demotion in class, they have one of their best chances in recent memory to win a state championship.