SF Preps: St. Ignatius girls soccer shut out in championship game

SANTA CLARA — The St. Ignatius Wildcats had reached the Central Coast Section Open Division championship game by avenging an earlier loss, but on Friday evening, they were on the receiving end of that punishment in a 1-0 defeat to Mitty at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Kylie McHale’s 15th-minute goal held up as the lone score, as the Monarchs, runner-up to the Wildcats in West Catholic Athletic League play, won their second consecutive Open Division title thanks to strong play by their back line and seven saves by Mia Napolitano.

The teams tied on January 12, but St. Ignatius had handed the Monarchs just their second loss of the season on Feb. 2 to take sole possession of first place in the league. The Wildcats made up for an earlier loss to top seed Mountain View in Tuesday’s semifinal, but Friday was Mitty’s turn for revenge.

While St. Ignatius (10-4-8) had struggled offensively for much of the year, it wasn’t a lack of chances in Friday’s game, but rather an absence of high-quality opportunities that did the Wildcats in. Their best chance came in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, when Lauren Frohan’s shot from near the box went just wide.

Frohan, the team’s leading scorer with nine goals on the season, was held to just two shots by a stifling Monarchs defense, and both missed the net. Junior forward Olivia Carroll had four shots, including three on goal, but two of those were long-distance chances that Napolitano was able to easily handle.

On the other end, Audrey Schaffer made seven saves for the Wildcats, including a tremendous stop on McHale in the 69th minute to keep St. Ignatius within a goal. She also handled a tough shot from Sophia Rolla with ease in the 59th. Mitty (17-2-4) also had a great opportunity in the 36th minute, with with Erika Silveira’s chance sailing just over the net.

Both teams will advance to the CIF Northern California Tournament, with seedings and divisions to be announced on Sunday.

Ethan Kassel

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