The 12U Green Hornets Greyhounds repeated as champions of Green Hornets girls club soccer on November 5 at Shipley Elementary School by defeating the No. 2-seed Black Bears 2-1.
On a cool, crisp fall morning the two defenses played extremely hard, ending the first half tied, 0-0. The second half continued with tougher defense until Greyhounds striker Reagan McDonnell scored on an outside shot from the right side of the field to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead. McDonnell added to the lead with another outside shot, and the Greyhounds went up 2-0.
The Black Bears didn’t give up and scored on a hard shot to close the gap to 2-1, but the Greyhound defense of goalie Olivia Husselbaugh and players Rebecca Calish, Noelle Magargle, Christina Ballagh, Hailey Hochard, Chloe Marron and Sophia Sudol locked down to close out the championship victory.
The offense of McDonnell, Francisca Biann, Arianna Eggleston, Trystan Matuszewski, Mary Reiners and Samantha Wallace worked together to take control of the game and help the Greyhounds avenge a 5-3 loss to the Black Bears in the last game of the regular season, the Greyhounds’ only loss in the past two years.
The Greyhounds posted a 35-15 scoring advantage in finishing this season 11-1. With last season’s 8-0-2 championship year, the Greyhound squad of fifth- and sixth-graders are 19-1-2 with two titles since 2015.
The team was coached by head coach Eric Husselbaugh and assistant coaches Eric W Husselbaugh and Jared Calish.
“All these girls gave me 100 percent all the time, and we are proud of their accomplishments,” said head coach Husselbaugh.