Girls Soccer Tops Fairmont to Move to the MSHSL State Semifinal Game
A formidable wall of defense supported by stingy goalkeeping and an aggressive offensive play lifted Holy Family over a strong Fairmont team, 4-1. Miss Soccer finalist Maeve Kelly netted a hat trick, leading Holy Family Catholic girls soccer to U.S. Bank Stadium in its first state victory. Goalkeeper Olivia Paidosh and the Fire defensive wall allowed only one goal.
Holy Family Catholic (13-2-2), No. 3 in Class A, will likely receive the No. 1 or 2 seed at state. The brackets will be released on Saturday, Oct. 23. Holy Family Catholic knew it would take a complete 80-minute game, in all phases, to beat top-ranked Southwest Christian in the Section 6A championship Oct. 19.
The Fire held a 2-1 halftime lead, extending the advantage to two in a regular-season meeting Sept. 20, only to see the Stars score four times for a 5-3 win.
With a two-goal lead and 40 minutes to play, Holy Family Catholic limited chances for Southwest Christian, a penalty-kick goal with 83 seconds remaining the only surrendered tally, in a 2-1 win for the Fire at Delano High School.
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Holy Family hires Sammi Crocker to lead the Fire Girls Soccer Program
Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is pleased to announce the hiring of Sammi Crocker as the school’s new head girls soccer coach.
Coach Crocker arrives at Holy Family with a wealth of soccer experience both as a player and a coach. Crocker grew up in Eden Prairie, playing high school soccer at Eden Prairie High School before continuing her career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been coaching in the Tonka United Soccer Club since 2013, and also brings Lake Conference high school coaching experience to Holy Family through her time on the girls soccer staff at Hopkins High School.
She majored in psychology and communications in college and currently works for General Mills as a product manager for the digital analytics team and volunteers for Family Fest Ministries as the counseling director.
Coach Crocker met with her team for the first time on Friday, May 30, and began official practices on Monday, August 12, 2019. Follow Holy Family Girls Soccer program on social media: Instagram @holyfamilygirlsoccer Twitter: @hfgirls_soccer Crocker is excited to be leading a high school soccer program and to help develop soccer and leadership skills in the young women who play soccer for the Fire! Go Fire!
Holy Family hires Michael Murray from Dallas’ Bishop Dunne Catholic School to lead Fire Girls Soccer
Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, MN, is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Murray as the school’s new head girls soccer coach.
Coach Murray arrives at Holy Family with a wealth of experiences at Catholic schools across the country. A product of Conwell Eagan High School, in suburban Philadelphia, Murray excelled in soccer and in the classroom – earning admission to the University of Notre Dame where he earned Academic All-American honors, with a double-major in Physics and Mathematics. Murray went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame’s prestigious Alliance for Catholic Education program.
Since 2014, Murray has been teaching at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in the Diocese of Dallas, Texas. During his time in Dallas he served as a varsity assistant and junior varsity soccer coach, and a mentor to high school student athletes from all walks of life.
In addition to his soccer duties, Coach Murray will also be joining Holy Family Catholic High School as a math instructor.
Holy Family Activities Director Nick Tibesar is thrilled to snag such a strong and enthusiastic leader to lead the Fire Girls Soccer program. “We were wowed by Coach Murray’s positivity, intellect, commitment to Catholic education, and passion for the game. He is a caring and hardworking teacher and coach, with an immense capacity for leadership, and a heart for service. Our ability to have him in the building as a full-time educator and a resource for our players and program is invaluable. Holy Family is blessed to welcome Michael Murray into our community to lead the Fire Girls Soccer program into the future!”
Murray officially begins his work at Holy Family on August 2 with a meeting for players and parents at 7pm in the Holy Family Cafeteria, and with the start of practice on August 13 at 3pm.
Additional information about Michael Murray:
University of Notre Dame- South Bend, IN – BS in Physics, Mathematics
University of Notre Dame- South Bend, IN – M.Ed. Master of Education
The fall sports season is in full swing and both the Boys and Girls Soccer Teams are off to a strong start. Each team is currently 1-0 in conference play and the chance for a successful season looks promising.
The boys team won their first conference game on Thursday night at home against Delano, 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by sophomore Luke Pucklich.
The boys team this year will be led by captains Trey Cavello ’17, Josh Mohling ’17, Connor Fowler ’17, and Ian Dosedel ’17. Because the team graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad, the captains will need to work hard to get the younger players caught up to speed.
After talking with captain Trey Cavello, it seems as though the team is already very close. He said, “I’m looking forward to a fun season with a bunch of awesome guys. I’m also looking forward to continuing to grow as a team.”
The team is aiming high regarding expectations. Trey added, “Going to state is something every team wants to accomplish.”
The girls team also won their first conference game against Delano on Thursday by a score of 4-1. Samm Dalsin ’17, Reyana Schaffer ’21, Gracie Lund ’18, and Grace Murphy ’19 all contributed goals.
The girls team graduated only three seniors last year, making the transition into this season a bit easier. Stepping in to replace those graduates are Olivia Russo ’18 (junior), Grace Murphy (sophomore), Caitlin Rock ’20 (freshman), and Reyana Schaffer ’21 (8th grader).
Captain Samm Dalsin has a lot of confidence in the newcomers, saying, “These new players have all been really great additions to the team and should help us out a lot this year.”
Similar to the boys team, the girls also seems to be a very close group. “I’m just looking forward to all the fun we will have this year,” said Samm.
This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.