2023 Season Review
The Lady Royals finished the 2023 campaign 10-6-3 against a schedule that featured eight ranked opponents. The season included a nail-biting 0-0 tie against 4A State Runner Up, Bloomington South. Other top-ranked competitors included 2A State Champion Guerin Catholic, #6 in 3A Cathedral, #1 in 2A Brebeuf and #2 in 2A Chatard. In the Marion County Tournament, Roncalli beat North Central 1-0 in the first round. They then went on to hold #1 Brebeuf 0-0 until the final ten minutes, when Brebeuf slipped in the game-winner. Roncalli defeated Whiteland and Franklin Community during their sectional run, but ultimately fell to Franklin Central in the Sectional Championship. Over the course of the season, Roncalli scored 32 goals and secured 6 shutouts.
Senior defender Erin Reilly was named the team’s MVP, and senior midfielder Emily Sering earned the team’s Mental Attitude award for the second year in a row. The Leadership Award went to senior Fi Kelley, and senior Camryn Clark was awarded the Sportsmanship Award. Erin Reilly and Fi Kelley were named Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) All-District 1st team, and they were both named to the All-Circle City Conference team. Junior Sophia Lewis was named 2nd team All-District. Camryn Clark was named the ISCA Top Team Player. Erin Reilly, Sophia Lewis and Camryn Clark were all named to the All-County team. Fi Kelley earned All-County Honorable Mention. Erin Reilly was also named 3rd Team All-State by the ISCA.
The awards kept on coming for the Royals, as Roncalli placed nine players on the ISCA’s Academic All-State honor roll: seniors Emily Sering, Anna Povinelli, Fi Kelley, Erin Reilly and Camryn Clark, along with juniors Laylah Waugh, Sophia Lewis, Maria Paynter and Sophie Young-Neawedde. Additionally, three players earned Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) honors: Fi Kelley and Emily Sering earned ICGSA Academic All-State, and Anna Povinelli earned ICGSA Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
Coach Hersman had a lot of great things to say about this season with her players, “Our team this year was very young, and we had a big learning curve at the beginning of the season. We had to learn new positions, new formations and find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. After losing our leading scorer for the last two years to an injury, the team knew that they needed to work together to fill that need. I am happy to say that we stayed competitive and exceeded our expectations. I am so proud of the genuine support, kindness and love our players had for one another this season. From Varsity to JV, every player felt included and valued. They truly supported one another and lifted each other up in the best way possible. I give credit to our seniors and our captains for setting a great example of what it means to be a teammate and a leader.”