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Tottleben's career day helps Visitation win district title

Tottleben's career day helps Visitation win district title

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TOWN AND COUNTRY  Visitation senior forward Jaimie Tottleben could feel the pressure.

With one of their best scoring options, junior Becca Zaber, sidelined with a high ankle sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Vivettes needed someone to step up.

Tottleben side-stepped any lingering nerves and took the reigns Tuesday, knocking in a career-high four goals to lead Visitation in a 4-1 victory over Orchard Farm to capture the Class 2 District 6 championship.

“That puts a lot of pressure on me because she is our second goal scorer,” Tottleben said. “She helps me a lot with getting the ball up the field, so it is definitely a loss not having her for the rest of the season. I do feel like I have to step it up for her.”

Visitation (15-4) advanced to the sectional round for the 16th time. The Vivettes will play the Trinity/Jennings District 5 winner in a sectional next week.

Tottleben scored in the eighth, 17th and 23rd minutes for a 3-0 halftime lead.

Zaber, who cheered her team on from the bench, said Tottleben's performance didn't surprise her one bit.

“Going into the game today, I felt very confident,” Zaber said. “They obviously proved they can do great things without me out there. I'm excited to see what else we can do. Today frustrated me a little because we like to see who can score more, but I'm proud of her because she worked so hard.”

Tottleben secured a bit of personal history in the 70th minute, her 16th of the season and first four-goal performance.

“It feels really good, especially to do it for the first time in a big game like this one,” Tottleben said. “Being a senior and being a captain, too, this feels good because you know you have a big role to play. I just want to help carry our team as much as I can. In big games. It's a lot easier to play harder.”

Visitation beat John Burroughs 2-0 in a semifinal but had to do some soul searching to prepare for the Eagles.

“When Becca went down, we challenged the team that somebody had to step up,” Visitation coach Jeff Facchin said. “I'm not surprised at all it was her. I didn't even realize she had four. We came out yesterday and we really laid an egg. We knew after that game that everything was going to figure itself out. Coming into today we knew we were going to play the way we wanted to play.”

Orchard Farm (17-6-1, No. 10 SS) broke up the shutout on junior Kayla Hedges' goal to make it 3-1.

“We're disappointed with the outcome but we made adjustments at the half and they really stepped to that,” Eagles coach Courtney Washburn said. “We started moving the ball and we started creating a lot of chances toward the end line and that's what we were trying to do there.”

Junior Rose Fontana earned the win in goal for Visitation.

“We just want to work hard and make sure everybody stays healthy,” Facchin said. “That's a big focus right now.”

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