Crossroads girls’ soccer coach Kenzo Bergeron was thrilled with the birthday gift he received Wednesday, January 3, a 1-0 victory over Campbell Hall.
It was the first time since the 2001-02 season that Crossroads began its league schedule with a victory.
“What a day,” said Bergeron. “I received the victory and a cake.”
The physical game was played at Crossroads. It was 0-0 at halftime, but 15 minutes into the second half Kiley Widelitz was awarded a free kick. The shot caromed off the Campbell Hall keeper to junior Emily Wyler, who headed the ball into the goal.
Kaitlin Juarez was outstanding as the Crossroads keeper, as usual, and heard chants of “MVP” from teammates after the win.
The outcome revealed progress in the Crossroads program. Last season, when the teams met twice, Campbell Hall won once and the other game resulted in a tie.
Bergeron says he concentrates on the offense while former Roadrunner star Hayden Victor has a lot to do with the defense.
“We allowed 57 goals last season and this season the number is 18,” said Bergeron. “Hayden has made numerous suggestions that have worked out well. She has a remarkable knack for seeing what is developing. In fact, in my coaching career I haven’t seen anyone better working with defenders.”
When Victor played in the 2001 season, Crossroads went deep into the CIF playoffs – the furthest the school has ever advanced. She went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania.