In their first game of the season the Royals beat established Staten Island power Saint Joes’s by the Sea 4-1 in an intersectional game at Flushing Meadows Field on Wednesday Sept. 3.
Christ the King opened up the scoring in the third minute with a goal scored by sophomore Sarah Nolan and assisted by Sophomore Medina Mulic. St. Joe’s was able to score an equalizer on a counterattack in the 23rd minute.
Mulic then restored the Royals’ advantage after scoring on a 30 yard free kick to end the half.
Royals Coach John Fayad then went to a more offensive formation in the second half. This strategy paid off when Mulic scored her second goal of the day from 20 yards away in the fifth minute. Kiana Leger netted the final goal on an assist from the foot of midfielder Andrea Cardozo in the 14th minute.
In their second game of the week, the Royals shutout Kennedy Catholic of Westchester on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Brennan Field in Middle Village 2-0. King had been itching to see this squad since Kennedy was the only team to defeat the Lady Royals in the 2013 regular season.
The game was very technical, Coach Fayad said, and the Royals were able to control ball possession and keep the pressure on Kennedy.
The Royals scored their first goal of the match in the 21st minute when Mulic received the ball from Diana Paravatos’ free kick and was able to finish with a score inside the box.
In the second half Kennedy relied on the long ball, but King defenders, led by Paravatos, Julianna Lignowski, Stephanie Zdazenski and Aimee Teitelbaum thwarted their efforts to find the back of the net. Kiana Leger scored the second goal of the match for the Royals in the 70th minute on an assist by Mulic.
The Christ the King Lady Royals will next face St. Joseph Hill today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. and will play Monsignor McClancy on Friday at 4 p.m. Both games are away matches.