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KELLY CULLEN ’13 | Staff Writer

Photo by KELLY CULLEN '13 | Staff Writer. North and South varsity soccer teams compete to bring awareness to breast cancer.

Photo by KELLY CULLEN '13 | Staff Writer. North and South varsity soccer teams compete to bring awareness to breast cancer.

Tying 2-2, the South girls varsity soccer team played North on Friday, May 18 at North High School.  The JV team beat North 4-0.

The games were dedicated to breast cancer awareness with the crowd showing their support by wearing pink t-shirts. 

A player from North, Francesca Ciarmitaro, gave flowers to South JV player Megan Sklaski, whose mother died of cancer.

Each North player had the name of someone who suffered from breast cancer on their jerseys, Cathy Palazollo ’12 said. 

A moment of silence was given for people who had lost their lives to breast cancer before the game started, Palazollo said.

“It felt amazing having both teams come together and support a great cause and raise money to donate to the Van Elslander Cancer Center,” said Palazollo. 

Money from the t-shirt sales and tickets to attend the game were donated to the Van Elslander Cancer Center.  The money raised from the game is still being counted, but with such high attendance the players are optimistic about the final tally, said Chelsea Marsh ’13.

Both teams put all of their effort into the game and put up a challenge, Marsh said.

“Our expectations were to win and play our hearts out, because we were down about seven players,” said Marsh.

With a lot of girls out with injuries and two girls who had to miss the game due to orchestra, Palazollo was focused on trying her hardest and helping out her team, she said.

“I didn’t think we were going to tie,” said Palazollo.  “But when we had all of our injuries I was happy we at least came together as a team and had a good game.”

Palazollo, who scored one of the goals, normally plays forward but because of one of her teammates being out, she played center defense for the first fifteen minutes.

“Being down so many players we were happy to tie,” said Marsh.  “We can beat them and will just have to show them up in districts; overall it was a great game for both teams.”

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