An altercation occurred at the Sept. 20 girls’ soccer match between New Hope and MaST Charter. Number 14 from MaST Charter attacked two players during the game and a third when she tried to intervene and stop the behavior. Though the girls’ varsity team beat MaST Charter at Comly Elementary school in Philadelphia 7-0, that is not what everyone was talking about.
“I saw what number 14 was doing to my team and I wasn’t okay with it. That’s my team and I felt obligated to step in and stick up for my teammates. I know anyone else on the soccer team would have done the same thing for me,” said Lexi Morse.
“I am so happy I have a teammate that will stick up for me in those types of situations. It really showed me how strong of a bond our team has.” said by freshman Kelly Hyland.
The first instance of violence was when number 14 punched Anna Vidakovic. She later threw Kelly Hyland to the ground by pulling her hair. Morse confronted number 14, which lead to more violence. Number 14 began to throw punches at Morse and Morse fought back by kneeing her in the stomach. The altercation was stopped by a parent after referees did nothing. Both Morse and number 14 received red cards and were ejected .
Anna Vidakovic scored two goals while Lexi Morse, Channel D’Angelo, Jess Zimmerman, and Bella Devito all contributed one apiece. Even though a fight occurred, New Hope still came out on top.