On a sunny Saturday afternoon, 25 former MNE players stepped back onto campus to compete in the 5th annual alumni game. This year saw one of the biggest turnouts in alumni game history. "This game just keeps getting bigger and bigger. All of the alumni love coming back to MNE where it all started. It is a terrific day to get to see them all together, reminiscing about their time here and how much they miss it," says Coach Hordych
In first half action, the game was a pretty even back and fourth with both teams having opportunities. Jenny Talarico 09' made a couple huge saves for the alumni keeping them alive throughout the first 20. It was at the 30 minute mark when the Saints would get their first as Harley Boyd found an opportunity and did what she did 32 times for MNE and blasted the ball in the back of the net, give the current Saints the 1-0 lead. It was 10 minutes later when Megan McKinney received a through ball from Amanada Sonney and slid a shot past the keeper giving the Saints the 2-0 edge over the alumni in the first half.
In the second half, the alumni would put their fatigue to the side and give one last ditch effort to get back in the game. Both Mallory Whiteley 09' and her sister Kaylyn Whiteley 08' had numerous attempts, but neither could find the back of the net. Saints keeper Dahlaney Sargent came up big for the Saints making numerous challenging saves.
After the alumni rally, the Saints had a corner kick from Emily Griffith which deflected off an on running Megan McKinney to snag the score to 3-0. Later Anna Reynolds dribbled past a few tired alumni and ripped a shot from twenty yards out the hooked past alumni GK Tiffany Nazarian 12' and into the back of the net to bring the score to 4-0. In the last five minutes, Amanda Sonney pulled the trigger on a shot that deflected off the keeper, and quietly waiting was Britney Edwards for the simple put back, making the score 5-0, which would hold for the final.
"For five years now, the alumni keep talking about how much better and better the program is getting since they have been here. This is really dedicated to what the alumni have built. It would in now way be the program it is today without the dedication and commitment the alumni put in. The program is a testament to them and for that I thank them," says Coach Hordych