Dec. 7, 2007
ASTON, Pa. -- The Knights' soccer season came to an official end on November 9, 2007 as players, parents, friends, coaches and administrators gathered for the '07-'08 banquet. They remembered the season fondly through the coaches' and seniors' remarks. Finishing 6-12-1 and 4-5-1, with just a few bumps and bruises along the way the Knights' season is hopefully a turning point for success. In past years the Knights haven't finished better than 8th in the PAC. With a 7th place finish and a young team of mostly freshmen and sophomores, Coach Lisa Benvenuto and the Knights hope for another happy ending next year.
The Knights ended the season just one tie shy of playoffs and felt this season was bittersweet after encountering so much success in 2007 while at the same time pondering how they could have pulled off that needed win. Coach Benvenuto prepared an arduous non-conference schedule in preparation for PAC competition. They fought hard against Wesley and Muhlenberg and pulled off a win against Kings. The schedule proved purposeful as all but two losses in the PAC were lost by only one goal.
During the evening's festivities the Knights honored Caitlin Agnew as the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year. Her play in goal kept the Knights alive throughout the season. As the last line of defense the team relied on her day in and day out and felt confident that Caitlin would once again save the day. She never let her team down.
Liz Figorski was also recognized for her spot on the PAC sportsmanship team. Liz redefines sportsmanship with her love for her team and the game.
The night led to a tribute to the team's three seniors: Casey Geary, Angela Juliano and Stephanie Lutz. Three girls who have put more heart and soul into this team than Coach Benvenuto could have asked for.
Casey Geary earned the honors of Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year with her 8 goals and 5 assists. Casey stepped up this year proving to be a consistent threat to opponents in every game. Despite being man-marked in just about every game Casey was still able to distinguish herself as a goal scorer and create opportunities with her distribution. Geary was also honored as a member of the ALL-PAC conference second team following the 2007 season.
Angela Juliano received this year's Coach's Award. Angela's hard work and selflessness separates herself from others. She has proved herself as a reliable player and teammate. She is able to push her teammates both on and off the field. Angela has gone above and beyond in the past few years to be the glue of the team, making the job of the coaches much easier.
Stephanie Lutz has made countless sacrifices in the past years to help her team. Without hesitation Steph put others first earning her the team's St. Francis and Clare award. These three girls have proved that they are the foundation of the Knights' soccer program and the hopefully happy ending in '08 will have started with them.
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