The 2020 Oakland Catholic soccer team had a very successful season. Positive attitudes and hard work led the team to success. The seniors had a great end to their soccer careers at Oakland Catholic, leading the team despite the hardships and setbacks caused by Covid. Practices and games continued to be exciting and productive, as the team worked their hardest to make this season better than any other. Winning the majority of their section games, the Eagles played their season with strength and power, giving them a seat in the 2020 playoffs.
The varsity team made it past the first round of playoffs before sadly losing to Mars in the second round. The first playoff game against Belle Vernon was one to remember. Mia Lowry scored the first goal within one minute of the start of the game. Belle Vernon came back taking a lead 2-1, with less than one minute left in the game. Gabi Folino scored with just 35 seconds left after Mia Lowry booted the ball into the box from a corner kick, tying the game 2-2, which resulted in overtime. The game went into double overtime, and after both teams failed to score with the 30 extra minutes, the game went to penalty kicks. During penalty kicks, each team has the chance to make five goals, and the team that makes the most wins the game. All five of the Oakland Catholic girls, Hannah Henn, Maddie DeMarino, Livi Freiwald, Gabi Folino, and Mia Lowry, succeeded to make their penalty kicks. Deryn Bagley, the OC goalie, stopped one of Belle Vernon’s penalty kicks, making Oakland Catholic take home the first round of the playoffs. While the OC team went on to lose the next round of playoffs to Mars, the Belle Vernon game exemplifies the grit, selflessness, and determination within the OC team. The 2020 Oakland Catholic soccer team congratulates the seniors and thanks them for their leadership. This team still has some great young talent, and we are excited to see what the future holds for the OC soccer team.