"Everything now is just gravy," Yeager said chuckling. "It's great to
be in the final."
Carden Hall had a successful Saturday defeating defending champion
Kaiser in its morning game at The Farm Field, and then scoring a 2-0 win
over Harbor Day in the afternoon semifinal.
Carden Hall stacked defenders at the midfield line often, giving
Harbor Day players difficulty advancing the ball into the Carden Hall
"It took a couple games to realize who the best defenders are," Yeager
said. "Kristi Jacobs, Shelby Williams, Alison Gordon and Julie Kapelke
held the defense strong, and we're lucky to have Gillian Hogan in the
midfiled and Caroline (Hardenbergh) and Lauren Draganza up front."
Draganza scored Carden Hall's first goal at the 15-minute mark of the
first half as Hogan sprinted up the left side of the field and made a
centering pass to Draganza right in front of the net for the 1-0 lead.
Harbor Day's Claire Eadington, Brooke Nelson and Jackie Dion dribbled
the ball up the field on several occasions, but a Carden Hall defender
rushed back to kick the ball away, or make the player change her
Right before Draganza's goal, Harbor Day Co-Coach George Eadington
remarked candidly on the sideline, "I don't see a weak spot on their
team. They have some good players."
Both teams played physical soccer, taking the brunt of kicked balls to
the stomach and head, and encountering the occasional minor trip or fall.
The referee had to stop play four times to tend to a fallen player on the
Hardenbergh scored Carden Hall's second and final goal two minutes
into the second half, capitalizing on a centering pass.
Carden Hall's roster includes two club players, while every player has
played AYSO, a definite advantage, Yeager said.
"We're lucky we have depth," Yeager said.
Chelsea Barth and Melissa Hancock played strong defense for Harbor
Day, stopping Carden Hall charges upfield.