Griffins score early, often in the win


In an up and down season, the Father McGivney Griffins continued their ascent on Saturday.

Four different players scored in the first half and Mia Range added her second goal of the game in the second half to send the Griffins to a 5-1 win over Bishop DuBourg in the Marquette Catholic Shootout inside the Gordon Moore Park.

It was Father McGivney’s third consecutive victory.

“We did a good job of having the ball today and also being able to be in the right place at the right time to score those goals,” said FMCHS coach Matthew McVicar.

The Griffins are now 5-4.

After starting the season with two straight wins, Father McGivney lost four in a row and was outscored 15-3 during the streak. He has since won three straight wins and outscored the opposition 13-2.

“The season has gone well so far. We participated in most matches. We have struggled with injuries and are now starting to get healthy. Hopefully we can keep rolling,” McVicar said.

The Cavaliers fell to 1-1.

It didn’t take long for Father McGivney to jump ahead on Saturday.

Rookie Elena Rybak took possession of the ball near the touchline and crossed to the top of the 18-yard box, where Mary Harkins was able to connect for a left-footed low shot that stayed at inside the post for a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.

It was the first goal of the season for Harkins, who scored four last season as a sophomore.

“I managed to put the ball in the corner and was able to cross it into Mary. She had a great finish,” Rybak said.

Rybak scored midway through the first half when the Cavaliers turned the ball inside their own 18-yard box and Father McGivney’s rookie fired a shot to take a 2-0 lead.

“The ball just bounced off me and I just kicked it,” Rybak said.

Almost identical to Rybak’s goal, Range scored moments later from a turnover inside the penalty area for a 3-0 lead.

After DuBourg reduced the deficit to 3-1 in 33rd minute, Father McGivney responded five minutes later when Taylor Haerr scored on a low shot to give a 4-1 lead. Katie Greer got the assist.

It was Haerr’s first goal of the season. She had three last year.

“We’re doing a good job of distributing the ball and everyone’s got it,” McVicar said.

Father McGivney dominated the first half, finishing with 11 shots and four corner kicks. DuBourg had four shots, all of which were stopped by goaltender Karpenter Farmer.

“That first half really helped take the pressure off everyone. We were able to get into our rhythm,” McVicar said.

Range scored his second goal of the season midway through the second half to take a 5-1 lead.

This season, Range leads the Griffins with six goals and one assist for 13 points.

Farmer took the win in goal. She played 70 minutes and made five saves. Greer played the final 10 minutes and faced no shots.

FMHCS finished with 29 shots, 10 of which were on goal. He had six corner kicks.

“We didn’t know much about this team, so it was great to be able to come here and play. We have a young team with a lot of freshmen, so this is a good win to give them confidence,” McVicar said.

Father McGivney will host East Alton-Wood River at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Glen Carbon.


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