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Elizabeth’s 2018 girls soccer team set a school record for wins and made it to the state playoffs for the third straight year, but the season ended in the May 9 first round of the playoffs as the Cardinals lost to Holy Family 5-1.
The game was a back-and-forth battle from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer. Both teams pressed the attack and, while shots by the Tigers found the net, several well-placed shots by the Cardinals caromed off the cross bar, sailed just wide of the goal, were turned aside by Holy Family defenders or saved by the Tigers goalie.
The Tigers had a 3-0 lead when a Cardinals attack paid off as Summer Hatch got a crossing pass from junior Sara Johnson and put the ball past the goalie, making the score 3-1 at halftime. The Tigers added two more goals, including one on a penalty kick in the second half, to secure the win.
The Tigers scored five goals but the play of the Elizabeth defense and goalie Erika Reidmuller unofficially turned aside about 12 shots on goal.
“I am very proud of our girls and all they accomplished,” Cardinals coach Summer Katzoff said after the game. “Every player gave it her all and you couldn’t ask more than that. We gave it our best but lost to a very good soccer team in a game I feel was closer than the score.”
The coach talked about the season.
“This has been a good season for us,” she said. “We finished the year with an 11-4 record, which is the best girls soccer record in school history. It also is the third year we have qualified for the state playoffs.”
She said the team is a mix of players with eight seniors and talented young players filling out the remainder of the 22-player roster. She also said the junior varsity team had a winning record this season.
“One of the strengths of our team this year has been the senior leadership,” she said. “We also have a solid defense and a very good goalie, Erika Riedmuller, who leads the league in saves this season. In 16 games she made 259 saves, while only 25 goals have been scored against her.”
Riedmuller, a senior, said she loves being the goalie.
“It is a hard and sometimes thankless job but it is my favorite position,” she said. “It is great to be able to stop the ball from getting into the net, even though some of the things that I don’t get thanked for can save the game for us some times.”
She said she played field positions when she was younger but didn’t like it and started playing goalie when she was about 7.
Reidmuller said her soccer career will continue after she graduates this year as she will attend Culvert Stockton College in Canton, Missouri to play goalie for the Wildcats, where she plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
“I want to be a nurse because I like to help people,” the senior said. “I also love kids so I hope to become a prenatal nurse.”
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