The girls' soccer program welcomed back an impressive slate of alumni for its annual reunion and game on December 23. This always delightful event is one of the ongoing traditions in Bishop’s athletics that creates a family feeling and is a lot of fun.
This year the veteran returning squad included Laura Aquilar ‘11, Geneva (Geny) Decker ‘13, Gabby Hartman ‘13, Rhiann Holman ’16, Sarah Noble ’10, Julia Ralph ’17, Lucy Rickerson ’17, Sera Stotelmyre ’16 and honorary alum for a day Daniella (Ella) Decker (La Jolla ’14), who combined to take on their junior Knights counterparts.
The event began at 10:30 a.m. and proved to be a good head-to-head contest. The resident Knights scored first with Sheila Kaiser ’19 delivering a left-footed rocket into the upper right corner of the net. It was not looking good for the Alums as they were held scoreless in the first half.
Not to be humbled, a determined alumni squad fired back in the second half with honorary alum Ella Decker delivering an almost identical left-footed missile into the upper right portion of the net from about 18 yards out. But that tie did not last for long, as the current Knights took the lead on a stealth shot from Grace Beste ’18, putting the pressure back onto the “grads”.
That’s when the Decker sister act went into action to save the day for assembled alumni as they manufactured an impressive score: Geny pass to Ella, Ella a mean shot into the net! Tie-game 2-2, and that is how the game would finish as time ran out.
Naturally, the tie made for a peaceable kingdom and segued into a festival of food with a really nice luncheon spread under the outdoor alcove in front of the Michael and Marlene Teitelman Science Center. Much cheer and a good time was had by all! Special thanks go to Stacy Ralph (Julia ’17 and Olivia ’19) and Wendy Gibbon (Caitlin Hendricks ’19) who helped organize the festivities.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.