So much for the rebuilding process for Paul VI girls’ soccer team.
The Eagles graduated 10 seniors from a team that went 16-6-2, share the Olympic Conference National Division title with Bishop Eustace and advanced to the South Jersey Non-Public A final.
Paul VI opened with a 2-0 loss this season to preseason Inquirer No. 1 ranked Lenape, but since then the Eagles have won three in a row, including Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Eustace.
Keep in mind that is a talented Eustace team that will win a lot of games this year.
So what does that say about Paul VI?
This is a team still working in many new players.
Two of the veterans are now the leaders – juniors Kristen Morawski and Jacki Carty, among the top midfield tandems in South Jersey.
Morawski shoots the ball with authority. Carty might win more battles either in the air or the ground than any player in South Jersey. She is relentless, never stops coming at teams.
Both juniors got Paul VI on the board in the first half.
Carty got taken down inside the box and then converted the accompanying penalty kick, while Morawski scored on one of her patented hard shots. Eustace, on a goal by Cayla Barry, trailed 2-1 at the half.
Paul VI then put the game away with two goals by Catherine Fiore, among the many new starters. Fiore, a sprinter on the track team, uses her speed to blow by defenders.
She already has three goals and gives the Eagles another viable scoring threat.
Paul VI’s Keith Walters is among the best in South Jersey and there guess here is that the Eagles will continue to improve. With so many new starters it may take until midseason until this team truly jells, yet Paul VI is already showing the ability to keep winning while working in several new players into the starting lineup.