Senior Meredith Selvey, junior Kelsey Carrier and sophomore Caroline Snyder all scored goals in the Lady War Eagles’ 3-0 victory over Veterans at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw.
“It’s very satisfying to leave on a winning note which is icing on the cake,” said Stadler, who has 39 years of coaching experience. “All of the credit goes to the players because they are the ones who play the game.”
“I can’t imagine ending my senior year any other way,” Selvey said. “Coach Stadler has been a huge part of my soccer career. It’s just amazing we get to go out with him with a second state championship.”
Marist finished 21-0-1 and allowed just four goals all season. The Lady War Eagles also shut out their last nine opponents.
“We worked hard all year long and we knew it was going to be a challenge to repeat,” Stadler said. “We returned a lot of players and they believed in our style and executed very well and peaked at the right time. I’m very happy with the result.”
Marist began to close in on its second straight title early in the first half when Carrier scored on a pass from sophomore Laine Kehoe with 30:10 on the clock. Then almost six minutes later, Selvey took a shot and the ball deflected off Veterans goalkeeper Erin Harbison and into the net for a 2-0 advantage.
“I was shocked it went in,” Selvey said. “I guess because the ball was slick it went through the keeper’s hands. It was just a lucky shot.”
Just before the half, Snyder scored the game’s final goal.
In the second half, Marist didn’t dominate the ball as much but senior Stephanie Krouskos, who will play at Virginia next year, continued to impress the crowd with individual moves on the wet field.