Women’s football DePaul rules out Saddle River Day, wins third straight title
WAYNE – Featured in the last home game of their careers, it was a trio of senior Catholic DePauls who stole the show.
Maggie Blum set the tone and fellow seniors Lexie Kui and Tami Adedeji followed in a 6-0 rout of Saddle River Day on Tuesday in the Non-Public B North Women’s Soccer Championship on Alumni Field at DePaul Catholic High School.
This is Wayne Parish School’s third consecutive section title. They shut out all three opponents this postseason and threw five consecutive shutouts overall.
The win brings DePaul’s overall record to 17-1, while Saddle River Day finished his campaign with a 10-6-1 record.
DePaul will face Rutgers Prep on Sunday in the Non-Public B title game at Kean University in a rematch of the 2021 Finals in which the Spartans won, 4-2. The number one seeded Argonauts defeated second seeded Holy Cross Prep 5-1 on Tuesday in the Non-Public B South title match.
“I’m so proud of the seniors, of all of us. We played amazing today. I honestly didn’t realize that was the last time I was playing on this court until Coach Steve [Beneventine] told us something earlier,” said Blum, who scored three goals. “That’s where it hit me. We finished it in a very good way.
After opening the scoring just three minutes into the game and following up with a second goal a few minutes later, Blum completed the hat-trick in the 42nd minute when she slipped a through ball from Adedeji past the SRD goalkeeper Jillian Gomez in front of the box for a 4- 0 lead.
Kui gave the Spartans a three-point lead in the 37th minute when she fired a shot from the right side of the field and into the top left corner of the net.
“I’m proud of all of us. We have continued to build it every year and we just keep getting better. The bond is just seen on the pitch,” Kui said. “We are happy and we will enjoy this one, but we still have work to do. We want to finish the job on Sunday.
Adedeji made it 5-0 with a goal in the 57th minute and rookie Alexis Kochan completed the scoring with his team-leading 19th goal from a Blum corner kick.
Freshman Ella Guarini only needed one save and was credited with her third win and clean sheet of the tournament.
“I took the seniors aside before the game and told them they had an amazing run and they should enjoy their last game on this pitch and have fun,” the coach said. DePaul, Steve Beneventine. “It’s so fitting because Maggie, Tami and Lexie have been such a big part of this program over the years and building the team.”
What this means
DePaul has now won the last three Non-Public B North titles since the 2019 season.
Last fall, the Spartans beat Morris Catholic, 1-0 in the 2021 North Final. There was no tournament in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.
DePaul has thrown shutouts in five straight games, outscoring the teams 26-0 over the streak. DePaul received a bye to the quarter-finals where they shut out ninth-seeded Villa Walsh 6-0 on goals from six different players and followed that up with an 8-0 victory over fifth-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s. seeded, where eight players found the back of the net. .
In six Division Playoff games since last year, the Spartans have shut out all opponents by a 29-0 margin.
So they say
“I’m so happy with the way this team is playing. I could never ask for a better team. We all click so well together. Getting an early lead was important. It immediately set the tempo and built our momentum. – Adedeji.
“I don’t think anyone expected this kind of season after starting so many subclasses. I didn’t even expect it. It is a matter of leadership. Without leadership, you cannot win. This team does not feel the pressure. They are great fun to watch. – Benevento.