Photos and story provided by Mylene dela Rosa P ’15 & ’19
The Alverno Jaguars opened Horizon League play with a home game against the Sacred Heart of Jesus Comets. Plagued with illness and injury, the Jaguars at one point in the match played down 2 players; but team co-captain senior midfielder Ally Mercado’s (8) winning goal gave the team the season opening victory.
The Jaguars’ first scoring opportunity came in the 6th minute. Freshman midfielder Paola Munoz ’21 (20) was able to break through the midfield and passed to freshman forward Emma Alvarez ’21 (13). Alvarez centered the ball to freshman forward Juliana Abascal ’21 (11) whose header was saved by the Comets goalkeeper. In the 10th minute, co-captain junior midfielder Beatriz Rivas (16) had a free kick that was blocked by the Comets goalkeeper. But it wasn’t until the 39th minute that a throw-in by Mercado ’18 came back to her that she was able to shoot past the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper for the winning goal. Mercado ’18 attempted an insurance goal in the second half with another shot on goal in the 45th minute, but the 1-0 lead stood for the victory.
The Jaguars backline of junior Elisia Bendy ’19 (2), and freshmen Helen Abascal ’21 (3), Joanna Bendy ’21 (6), and Nicole Sao ’21 (9), did not allow a corner kick and allowed only 5 shots on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Mercado ’21 (0) saved those 5 shots on goal and earned her third clean slate of the season.
The Jaguars improve their record to 1-0 (3-5 overall) and will face Bishop Conaty-Loretto High School on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Rio de Los Angeles State Park.