The Spartans came into the game knowing this would be the biggest challenge of the year. The Spartans battled hard in the first half against the talented and significantly bigger Minotaur team. The Spartans struggled to maintain possession but fought off the offensive onslaught by the Minotaur’s, which included a superb penalty kick save by keeper Jianna Bickle, to finish the first half tied 0-0.
Then the second half came. The Spartans Maeve Morgan scored on a crossing pass 22 seconds into the second half and the Spartans never looked back. Forwards Siara Bustamante and Kaitlyn Dodoro continually challenged and beat Minotaur defenders all day with beautiful moves and foot work and finally broke through with a score by Siara to make it 2-0. With 10 minutes remaining, center defender Grace Ajamie broke up an offensive play and shot up the field like a rocket eventually sending a perfect crossing pass which Sienna Kindsfater smashed into the back of the net to put the Spartans up 3-0. This was the championship though and the Spartans were not leaving without playing a full 60 minutes. The Spartans continued to attack and star 5th grade midfielder Maeve Morgan added 2 more goals for the hat trick to seal the 5-0 Championship Victory.
The defense anchored by Grace Ajamie, Faith Bortko, Holly Colliat, Ella Humble and Keeper Jianna Bickle fought fiercely to thwart offensive scoring opportunities all day long. The left side of the midfield led by Maeve Morgan, Julia Preston and Ashley Barchas stood toe to toe all game long against players twice their size and battled to control possession. The right side of Brooke Nicoll, Gianna Ajamie and Ellie Folkestad played with fierceness and tenacity battling for possession throughout. Forwards Kaitlyn Dodoro, Siara Bustamante, Sienna Kindsfater and Lily Rogers relentlessly beat the defense and attacked the goal on almost every opportunity.
The win sealed the middle school Girls Soccer Championship Sweep with the A team claiming the trophy the night before. If teams didn’t before they do now!!! #FearTheSpartans! The future is bright for Scottsdale Spartans Girl’s Soccer.