JPC has sights on State glory
THE State finals await the John Paul College soccer girls after a convincing 4-0 victory last Friday against Maitland's All Saints College.
The team's co-coaches, Vicki Istrate and Di McGowan, now eagerly await the final in two days time when the girls challenge Macarthur College from Emu Plains for the title of State champions.
At the International Stadium last week, the girls were simply magnificent.
The scoring was opened when Jessica McQueen unexpectedly found herself in open space.
She was looking to offload to a better option but her team-mates screamed at her to take the shot herself.
McQueen duly finished with aplomb finding the top left corner.
All Saints had a couple of obvious playmakers in their side but the John Paul College team sweated on any moves they made to virtually shut down their opponents game plan altogether.
It wasn't long before JPC doubled their lead when team captain Rachel McVicar found the back of the net.
All Saints' refused to throw in the towel though and held momentum for a while as they desperately tried to find a way through John Paul's rock-solid defence.
Monique Kinney was close to impassable in the last line of defence, cutting the time and space of the All Saints' strikers and setting up numerous attacking thrusts with clean disposal.
Kinney's efforts were rewarded at the end of the semi-final when she was given the nod by the referee as the player of the match.
Nicole McVicar put the result of the contest beyond doubt when she scored and then Chloe Gal provided the icing on the cake.
Latching on to the end of a cross from Emma de Groot, Gal put the ball past the keeper with ease and the celebrations for making the state final had started.
"I was probably a little bit surprised that it was quite a convincing victory," co-coach McGowan said.
"But every girl in the team put in a big effort and we played up to our potential."
This Friday morning the John Paul team will be playing at Tarlington Park in Sydney but they will need to concentrate on just executing their own game well as the coaches admit to having no knowledge of the opposition.
"Macarthur are a very sporting high school with a strong history in football," McGowan added.
"To be honest though we don't know if they're a strong soccer school.
"I would anticipate that the game this week would be a lot tougher than the one we just had."