Scots fall to Monarchs

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Franklin Kuo

Junior Emily Gehrlein Allen steals the ball.

No one has been more affected by the temperature drop in the past week than the Scots, who are off to a cold start to their season.

This game makes it two matches and two losses so far for the Scots as they fell to the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs in a 4-0 defeat on Thursday, Dec. 1, on the Scot’s home turf.

It was an understandable loss, as the Monarchs placed third in the highest-level league in western California last year. 

“Mitty was probably our toughest opponent for the year, but we did what we could and fought tooth and nail for both halves. I think it could have been a lot worse, but we held our own against a high-quality team,” said Lindsey Moynihan, Carlmont’s coach.

Despite the Monarchs having a noticeable size advantage coming into the game, the Scots did a great job of constantly moving and communicating as a team.

However, the Monarchs dominated offensively and were able to control the ball for the majority of the game.

The Monarchs came out aggressively with a few fouls to start, but the Scots kept calm and fought hard to keep the Monarchs scoreless for the first 26 minutes.

Despite the effort shown by the Scots, the Monarchs forced many turnovers and were able to control the pace of the game through precise passing and defense.

“Our game plan coming into the game was to try to establish possession and play our system. I thought we did a pretty decent job of that. I thought we saw a lot of the ball and got a lot of people involved,” said John Hanley, head coach of Archbishop Mitty.

The Monarchs scored the game’s first goal with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. They followed up with another goal four minutes later to take a comfortable lead going into halftime.

The Scots struggled offensively, with only three shot attempts all game, while the Monarchs had a total of 12 shot attempts.

However, the Scots were still satisfied with their performance, as it was a difficult opponent, and they are still working on building their team chemistry.

“It was a hard team out there, and I think we stepped up to it. We’re still learning to play with each other,” said sophomore Kaylee Kim, a winger on Carlmont.

Archbishop Mitty’s three-year varsity starter Jordan Geis was player of the game, scoring a goal and dumping off two assists in the opening road win. The junior broke up multiple Carlmont attacks and was disruptive to Carlmont’s offense all game long.

The Scots came into the game coming off a tough 4-2 loss to Abraham Lincoln High School and will be hunting for their first win against Palo Alto on Dec. 3.

This matchup was the Monarch’s first game of the season, and their next opponent is Leland High School, which will take place on Dec. 8.

“I think we played well and are starting to get our defense more organized. As I said, it was a hard team, so I don’t think the score mattered that much,” Kim said.