Before spring break on April 3, the Lady Chargers had a critical Region 4-A contest against Our Lady of Mercy for the top spot in the league. When the final buzzer sounded, ELCA fell short 3-1 to OLM and had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
The Lady Bobcats found a way to get around the Lady Chargers’ stingy defense, which shut out three of its previous opponents while allowing the other four just a goal apiece.
“The defense has played tremendous this year,” said ELCA coach Joe Bryan before last week’s game. “They overlap and cover for each other. They have an identity back there.”
Bryan is referring to defenders Brie Collier (junior), Megan Lloyd (senior) and Sara Sullivan (sophomore).
“Brie has had a great year for us,” Bryan said. “Her speed and quickness make a difference on the field. She has made several plays on defense where she has stopped goals. Of course the other girls play great too. Sullivan on the other side is fast. She has made some incredible plays.”
According to Bryan, Lloyd, Chloe Morgan (junior) and Eleni Papadopoulos (senior) make the middle strong, which transitions well to sophomore forward Sydney Davis, who leads the team in scoring.
“Chloe is the key to the midfield and Sydney is extremely talented,” Bryan said.
ELCA (7-2, 2-1) will be a No. 2 seed in the 2014 Class A playoffs for a second straight year.
Last season, the Lady Chargers fell short to Calvary Day in the second round. Before the postseason, they will visit Stockbridge on April 17 then host the Lady Tigers five days later.