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Ware gets top-ranked Mater Dei back on track

STAFF WRITER

Olivia Ware has incredible will and a relentless desire to compete and battle, according to Mater Dei girls soccer coach Matty West. He added that it’s hard to find anyone on the Monarchs who works harder than Ware during a game.

“We are such a better team when she is effective,” West said.

The senior forward proved that in Mater Dei’s match Thursday against Villa Park. She finished with a goal and two assists in the Monarchs’ 3-0 victory in a Mater Dei Premier Invitational pool-play match.

The timing of the victory couldn’t have been better. The day before, the No. 1 Monarchs (6-1-1) suffered a stunning 2-0 loss to Beckman.

“I thought the girls responded really well,” West said. “They weren’t happy with the feeling that they had last night, but they regrouped and showed that we want to play some soccer and want to compete.

“We learned an important lesson from Beckman, and that is going to help us out during the season.”

On Thursday, the Monarchs were always in control. In the 25th minute, Hailey Hopkins netted the game winner off a pass from Ware.

Ware picked up another assist five minutes later when her pass hit Lauren Markwith in the chest and ricocheted into the goal.

Ware set the final margin when her her long-distance shot curled into the upper, right corner in the 40th minute.

“We are still trying find our identity this year,” West said. “We have some nice pieces and we have got some girls that are really committed to seeing how good we can get. It is a process, but it is going to be a fun journey.”

In other girls soccer:

No. 6 Edison 1, Woodbridge 0: Cassidy Helenihi redirected a pass from Taylor Wasserman to lead the host Chargers (5-1-1) to a nonleague triumph.

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