Valkyries Win Big Against Rockets in Cleat Game


Jim Stodghill |

SHA takes back Cleat Cup with 4-0 win over Assumption.

Claire Ely, Sports Editor

The Sacred Heart Academy soccer team defeated the Assumption Rockets 4-0 in the annual Jenna Cooper Cleat Game at Horton Field on Sunday night.

To prepare for the game, SHA Head Coach Jaclyn Puntillo said, “We treated this game like usual business. Over the years I have found that our players perform their best when we follow our usual routine.”

And the Valkyries played their best indeed.

Ranked No. 1 in the state, the Valkyries immediately took control, scoring just 10 minutes into the match. Sophomore Sophia Mankowski finished a beautiful feed from fellow sophomore, Brielle Heuglin.

With 17 minutes to play in the first half, junior Kendall Groza scored with an assist from sophomore Ashley Durik.

Less than 10 minutes later, junior Amber Sisler knocked in a rebound after a Heuglin shot was knocked away by Assumption’s goalkeeper, junior Alyssa Campisano.

Heuglin played a huge role in SHA’s success, running her way through the Rockets defense all evening. In addition to assisting Mankowski in the first goal of the game, she scored the fourth and final goal for the Valkyries with 18 minutes left in the game.

Heuglin was also named Sacred Heart’s MVP.

“I feel very honored to receive this award, especially when it is the memory of a fellow Valkyrie, Jenna Cooper,” said Heuglin.

Cooper, a 2001 Sacred Heart graduate and a member of the University of Nebraska soccer team was fatally shot in April of 2004.

Sacred Heart senior captain and goalkeeper Sarah Stodghill said, “Because the game is in honor of Jenna and because she was a Valkyrie, it just makes the win that much better. We are always proud to win that game and bring the trophy back to SHA for Jenna.”