The Pope John Paul II Lady Jaguars soccer team, the defending Division III state champions, got off to a slow start last night against a quality Archbishop Hannan Lady Hawks side trailing 1-0 but bolted back on outstanding performances by their dynamic sister duo of Christina and Marlena Cutura, who combined for five goals in the Lady Jags 5-2 district victory at home. Christina worked hard freeing herself up en route to a hat trick, while sister Marlena netted the Lady Jaguars’ other two goals. The Cutura sisters complimented one another on the offensive end pushing the ball up field assisting each other in space. Claire Cross was named PJP II’s top defender and goalie Alexis Molero recorded the victory in net as the Lady Jaguars improved to 5-1-4. Archbishop Hannan 13-2-1, ranked No. 1 in the power rankings, took a 1-0 advantage just eight minutes in on Estefania Harvey’s goal. Harvey also tallied the Lady Hawks’ final goal midway through the second half to cut PJP II’s lead to 3-2. Archbishop Hannan received some bad news prior to the start of the match when their eighth grader starting keeper Mikayla Boyer dislocated her thumb in pregame warmups and had to be taken to the hospital. Freshman Courtney St. John replaced Boyer in the lineup and did her best coming up with a number of nice saves in goal for the Lady Hawks to keep it close early before PJP II was able to move out to a 3-1 halftime advantage. PJP II coach JB Mahoney said he was proud of his girls’ comeback and said it was a great team effort against a quality Hannan team. Mahoney said they were keeping Hannan keeper Mikayla Boyer in their prayers.

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