Sommeling’s two goals leads East girls soccer past Cedar Creek


Abby Auerbach

The Cougars girls soccer team battles Cedar Creek.

It was a perfect day for a soccer game, the sun was out and the heat was there when the East girls varsity soccer team took on Cedar Creek this past Thursday. The two teams began their faceoff with a 4:00 start time. The girls played fiercely and led for a majority of the game. The Cougars won 4-1, with an amazing three goal lead. The game started off with the Cougars exhibiting a strong offense. Soon after the game began, Julia Maher (‘26) scored the first goal of the game with an assist from Jenna McGovern (‘24). The girls led with a score of 1-0.

“We incorporated everything we have been practicing into the game,” Maher said after the victory. “It was my first goal of the season.”

As the first half went on, the girls continued to play a powerful offense and had control of the ball but were unable to make any shots on goal. Natalie Eifert (‘26) scored the only goal for Cedar Creek resulting in the score becoming a 1-1 tie. East took this opportunity to strengthen their defense and prevent any additional goals from Cedar Creek. Maddie Shultz (‘25), the varsity goalie, played an excellent game and made 14 saves at goal. She was a main component for the opponents score staying at a lone one. As the half came close to an end, D1 commit and team captain, Lizzy Sommeling (‘23), scored the second goal for East. Her goal was made with an assist from Nadia McGinnis (‘24). This goal allowed the Cougars to have a one goal lead going into the half. 

The girls returned to the field from the first half with energy and skill that Cedar Creek could not stop. The Cougars continued to show off a strong offense at the start of the second half. Having great control and speed, Sommeling (‘23) scored another goal with an assist from Kira Fowler (‘26). The East girls gained incredible momentum with a 3-1 lead. Both the Cougars offense and defense was fierce and powerful during the second half. Soon after the previous goal, McGovern (‘24) made an impressive shot to goal that increased their lead to 4-1. This goal was assisted by Fowler (‘26). Head Coach Rachel Tonon was very proud of her team and their ability to keep the strong lead throughout the game.

“We did an awesome job of making runs up top, winning the balls in the center and shooting every chance that we got,” Coach Tonon said after her team’s solid victory. 

This win for the soccer team improved their record to 5-6. This big win will provide momentum for their next match against Bishop Eustace.