After both teams had their jamboree rained out on Friday, St. James (1-0) and Newburg (0-1) opened
their seasons on the pitch with a matchup on Monday, March 19. St. James scored in the opening
minute and never slowed down on their way to a 10-0 mercy rule victory.
Quinn Paulus and Mikaela Donnelly shined for St. James in their season opener, scoring all 10 of their
goals in the victory. Donnelly kicked things off in the first minute, scoring off a pass from Kaylynn
Crocker just 45 seconds into the game. After that, it was the Paulus show for a while.
After St. James took a 1-0 lead, they were held off the board until the eighth minute when Paulus
scored her first goal of the game on a penalty kick. The PK came after a Newburg hand ball in the
keeper zone. That first goal started a streak of four straight goals for the senior captain, adding goals in
the 11th, 18th and 21st minutes.
Donnelly closed out the first half with a hat trick, adding two more goals. First she scored off an assist
from Ashlyn Rinehart in the 24th minute, before knocking in her third goal of the game off an assist
from Paulus. That final goal from Donnelly gave St. James a 7-0 lead going into halftime.
The second half didn't have the chance to finish up, as Paulus scored three more goals before the game
reached its' 80th minute. Paulus scored quickly in the second half, before scoring her second goal in the
57th minute. Her seventh goal of the game came with 12 minutes left on the clock, ending the game
with a 10-0 mercy rule win.
Ivy Fowler recorded a shutout for St. James with three saves to earn the win.
Newburg keeper Sam Mathis needed a little more help from her defense, as she managed to save more
than 20 shots, but allowed 10 goals to take the loss. Newburg has a lot of new faces this year that are
adjusting to the varsity level, but they showed moments of improvement in the loss.
St. James assistant coach Beau Moreland was happy to see his team get off to an excellent start on the
offensive side of the ball Paulus was a part of nine goals, as she added two assists to her seven goals.
She and Donnelly were in mid-season form, as Donnelly added a hat trick and an assist. Crocker had
two assists for St. James, while Rinehart added a dime of her own.
"It was good to see them playing as a team. One of the things we've been working on in practice is our
ball-control and moving around." said Moreland. "It was nice to see them come out and see Quinn not
be too selfish and move the ball around and really take control of that offense and set it up so they
could play for a real team victory there."
The excellent offensive performance also allowed St. James to try some new things defensively and
coach Moreland liked what he saw on the defensive end.
"We were playing around with our defense, moving Sam Bolte up a little bit to kinda help us out there.
A lot of times we'll have that good offensive push and then they'll clear it out pretty quick and get it
over our heads and our mids get a little tired," said the St. James assistant coach. "Moving Sam up there
and have her play kind of that stopper position, she's able to help us keep it up there on the offensive

side of the field."
Newburg's next game will be their home opener when they host St. Clair on Thursday, March 22. St.
James will be back in action on Friday when they host Crocker.