Girls Soccer: Mount Assisi makes final season memorable with GCAC White championship
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media May 12, 2014 9:18PM
Mount Assisi captains (from left) Danielle Mascorro, Mary Kate Wetzel and Sarah Spencer helped the team capture the GCAC White title. | Steve Millar/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 14, 2014 6:26AM
With Mount Assisi closing next month, the Eagles made sure there’d be at least one more championship in the school’s history.
Mount Assisi finished 6-1 in the GCAC White to capture the league crown.
“It’s huge for us as a team, let alone as a school,” senior Mary Kate Wetzel said. “We have a lot of young girls and we’re playing against schools bigger than us. To win the conference, it’s very exciting.
“Everyone’s congratulating us at the school: our president, our recruiter and everybody. We’re very proud of our selves but we want to at least win a regional. We won a regional in volleyball and basketball and we want to win another.”
The Eagles, who are 10-10-1 overall, are the No. 3 seed in the Class 1A Chicago Christian Regional and will take on the host and second-seeded Knights in Wednesday’s semifinal. Mount Assisi beat Chicago Christian 2-1 last week.
“We definitely have more motivation going into the playoffs this year,” senior Danielle Mascorro said. “Knowing the school’s closing, it gives us all more dedication. We don’t want it to end.”
Mount Assisi coach Scott Dunmore said the school’s family atmosphere helped the team recover after it went 0-4-1 through its first five matches.
“These girls always fight,” he said. “They really came together after the slow start. We’re not going to end with a great overall record, but we competed in pretty much every game and we did what we had to do in conference.”
The Eagles’ biggest conference win, according to Dunmore, was a 1-0 victory April 12 over Gordon Tech.
Wetzel, who anchors the Eagles defense and also is a threat offensively, was the GCAC White Player of the Year. Mascorro, junior Sarah Spencer, sophomores Maddie Peters and Kathy Sojka and freshmen Bridget Melody and Monica Tadros also were named all-conference.
Several of the team’s non-seniors, including Spencer, plan to attend Queen of Peace next season. Melody, who has a team-leading 16 goals, likely is headed to Andrew.
There’s no doubt they’d rather stay at Mount Assisi.
“It’s been really emotional for me,” Spencer said. “I’m going to have a whole new team, a whole new coach, a whole transformation. It’s scary. I feel like I’m leaving Mount Assisi on a high note, though.
“I feel like we don’t beat teams on skill. We beat them on hard work and working together as a family. I love every minute of it.”
Dunmore knows he doesn’t have to say much to fire up his team this week.
“They’ll definitely be able to motivate themselves,” he said. “Eventually this is going to end and it’s going to be a sad moment for all of them, but we want to see how far we can go first.”