JV Lady Saints go undefeated

Published 10:21 pm Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s girls’ junior varsity soccer had a hugely successful season this year.

The JV Lady Saints were undefeated, but what’s even more impressive is that they didn’t concede a single goal all season. They outscored their opponents 79-0.

The roster is composed of 20 girls from grades six through nine. Fourteen of them scored goals this season. They finished the season with a record of 12-0-0 and were the TCIS champions for JV soccer.

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There were only three games in which NSA scored fewer than five goals. Their season high was 10 against Northampton High School.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” coach Patrick Whelan said. “We had such a successful campaign last season, but this season exceeded every expectation. The girls worked hard in training, led by Coach Sanin, and that hard work was seen on the game field. Our defense was spectacular, our midfield controlled the game, and our forwards put the ball away.”

Whelan applauded his team’s sportsmanship this whole season. Referees approached Whelan after games to compliment him on how well his team played, along with their superb skill level.

He gave a great deal of credit to his assistant coaches for the roles they played in developing the players throughout the season.

“While all credit belongs to the team, Coach Francisco Sanin deserves a lot of credit,” Whelan said. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable, skilled and caring coach out there. He leads by example, always giving everything he has in practice. He gets the best out of every player.”

Seventh-grade midfielder Hannah Wolfe led the team in goals and assists. Mallory Mizelle led the team’s defense as goalie, earning 12 shutouts. Mizelle made some hugely important saves for the team.

The captains on the team were Miranda May, Brianna Barnes and Peyton Harrell.

“To see a team come together and play such inspired soccer is wonderful,” Whelan said. “The girls played with passion, intensity and grace. I think it’s a testament to the character of the girls and how hard they all worked to have a strong season.”