Not even the cold weather can stop the St. Anthony’s girls soccer team.
They’re on a roll, having not lost or tied a game since 2016.
The undefeated streak continued in the CHSAA state semifinal, where the Friars defeated Christ the King, 6-1, Saturday at College of Staten Island.
“We always go into a game with a ‘we want to win’ mentality,” said Brianna Jablonowski, who had two goals and an assist.
Samantha Adams added, “We have so much confidence in our team . . . We just want to set the standard for years to come.”
The reigning champions are looking for two state titles in a row and they’ll have a chance at 1 p.m. Sunday at the College of Staten Island where they’ll face Nichols School (Buffalo).
Jablonowski started the scoring off with 33:35 on the clock assisted by Brianna Passaro. Christ the King’s Joana Perez tied the score at 1 with 30:27 remaining in the first.
“Even when we tied 1-1, no one put their head down. Everyone said to each other let’s go, let’s pick it up and we got it done,” Jablonowski said.
About 10 minutes later, Jablonowski broke the tie, heading in a goal off a corner from Emily Sanders to make it 2-1.
“Brianna has been so great in the air and winning those balls for us,” Adams said.
Jablonowski continued, “We try to get those headers in but all credit goes to Emily. She does a great job throwing us the ball off the side.”
After that, it was all St. Anthony’s.
Nicole Gordon scored with 8:59 left in the first half to make it 3-1, assisted by Jablonowski.
Then Adams scored the first of her two goals with 2:37 left to give the Friars a 4-1 halftime lead. It was assisted by Lauren Haggerty.
Haggerty attempted the shot, and Christ the King’s goalie caught it but let it slip allowing Adams to finish the goal.
Adams’ second goal, late in the second half, was assisted by Victoria Mule.
The Friars (16-0) haven’t lost since getting beat by Sacred Heart in the finals on penalty kicks two years ago. Last year, they went on a redemption tour and won the championship after an undefeated season, their third title in four years under coach Susan Alber.
“We’re going to work hard, want it more than the other team and do what we’ve been doing all season,” Adams said.
Jablonowski said, “We’re going to play smart and no matter what, we’ll have each other’s back.”