Ursuline Wins Long-Awaited Home Opener

Madison Haley (center) scored twice as Ursuline defeated Nolan Catholic 5-1 on Wednesday in its first home game.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

Ursuline’s first time playing under the lights sure was a memorable one.

The Bears topped Fort Worth Nolan Catholic 5-1 on Wednesday night in front of 250 people at Sister Margaret Ann Moser Athletic Field. It was the first home game on the new field, as the JV squad started the night with a 2-1 win. The lively crowd included parents, alumnae, donors, faculty, and staff, and those who helped the long-awaited project through construction.

Elli Brunts scored the game’s first goal in the fourth minute off a Katie Lund assist, and Madison Haley, Katie McHugh, and Alex Arenas also netted goals in the game. Fans lined the field, and started tailgating before the JV game.

“The goal fell right to me,” said Brunts, whose team moved to 6-0 on the season. “Seeing everyone was so cool. Everyone was here supporting us.”

Said Ursuline head coach Kelly Wilmoth: “I told the girls you’re wearing this uniform for our team, but also for every girl who wanted to play in a home game here and the whole community that was behind it.”

Haley, a sophomore forward, scored her second goal off a header midway through the second half. Ursuline scored goals two minutes apart in the first half and led 4-1 by halftime.

“This game was physical, but we played well,” Haley said. “We showed what Ursuline soccer is. It’s tradition. It’s energy. It’s everything.”

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