Sacred Heart took care of business Friday night, defeating an upstart North Forrest program, 6-0, in the second round of the Class 1A/2A/3A playoffs. Lady Crusader head coach Joe Falla Sr. expected nothing less, as his team now readies for yet another trip to the South State round.
“Excellent performance just like I expected. We started a little cold, and that’s expected,” Falla said. “There’s not much more that I can say. We are disciplined, and we’re ready for South State. And that’s about it.”
Falla’s definition of cold? Not scoring in the first seven minutes of the match. At that eight minute mark though, Sacred Heart broke through when Gabby Falla found the back of the net on a free kick. The Lady Crusaders tacked on four more goals in just the first half, taking a 5-0 lead into halftime.
“I told my team, ‘Let’s take care of business early, so I can take all my guns out’,” Falla said. “Because I really didn’t want to get nobody hurt.”
Gabby Falla, Olivia Ware, Gracie Falla, Allie Bilbo and Lexie Saffle all recorded goals for Sacred Heart in the first half. In the second, Maggie Filce added the Lady Crusaders’ sixth and final goal of the night.
“The beauty is that different players are scoring,” Joe Falla said. “You can’t key on one of them. That’s the beauty of this team.”
Sacred Heart improved to 11-5-3 with the win and will next face Our Lady Academy Tuesday night at home for the Class 1A/2A/3A South State Championship.
Falla says his team will be ready.
“We’ve worked so hard since September in the conditioning and staying together. Now we come together, and we’re about 98 percent right now. We’re [going to be] perfect.”