By Dave Ricci
Special to the News
Next stop, the state tournament.
Marisa Warren scored the game winner as Nichols beat Nardin, 2-0, in the Class A championship that was part of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association girls soccer championship double header at the Demske Sports Complex on Saturday.
"Usually I cut outside and this time I decided to cut inside," Warren said. "I cut inside, I took the shot with my right foot and it went in."
The win vaults the Vikings into the Catholic High School Athletic Association tournament that will be played at Aviator Field in Queens next weekend.
The Vikings, thanks largely to the midfield play of Camryn Warren, were able to control the tempo and maintain a more sustained offensive pressure during a very physical game.
"Honestly, it's the coolest experience. I couldn't ask for a better way to end my senior year," Nichols captain Sophie Muggia said. "Being on this team for so many years I've never met a group of girls that's wanted it more. I really feel like there's so much heart that goes into the game. To end that game with this amount of heart, to get what we wanted, it's awesome."
Ali Elia scored the Vikings second goal early in the second half. It was sweet redemption for the Vikings who lost to Nardin in last year's Class A championship game.
In the Class B title game, sophomore Morgan Applegate scored twice and Maddie Sowinski had a hat trick as Cardinal O'Hara beat Buffalo Seminary, 5-0.
It was a measure of revenge for the Hawks who lost to Sem in last year's B title game.
"It's like the best feeling ever," Sowinski said. "We have worked so hard for this all year and I really think we proved ourselves today."
Applegate scored three minutes in and with 18:40 to play in the first half. Between those two goals, Applegate had three minute stretch where she managed two breakaways, but shot wide on both opportunities.
"Yes, I was very excited," Applegate said of her second goal.
Applegate was also named the MVP of Division C, as the Hawks won their first playoff title in 10 years.