SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Janae DeFazio scored her 40th career goal to give St. Francis a 1-0 win over Pleasant Grove in the annual Senior Game celebration.
"It was super cool and it was really special after playing four years with this team," said DeFazio. "It means a lot to reach 40 goals especially since scoring goals is one of my roles on the team."
The goal came in the second half after the teams had played a tight first half. Senior Jackie Koerwitz provided the assist off a pass out of a corner kick. DeFazio dribbled in towards the goal and shot it past the goalie for the 1-0 advantage.
"Janae is a special player," said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. "For me anytime she has 1v1 or has a chance, I want her to take it. She is a difference maker and in a game that is super cold and messy, it is hard to make those saves all the time. It was a good goal."
The Troubadours have been playing solid defense of late behind their solid back line and goalie tandem.
"We are communicating, shifting and playing as a team," said junior Marli Berry. "We have a really good back line with (Hailey) Lemon and all the outside backs."
St. Francis is now 15-2-4 and 8-1-1 in league play with a seven-game unbeaten streak and have allowed just one goal during that stretch. The Troubies earned a spot in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Fab 50 this week, coming in the poll at No. 26.
The Troubie celebrated their seniors before the game
St. Francis plays at Franklin on Wednesday at 3 p.m. followed by a makeup game against Cosumnes Oaks on Thursday.