Field Hockey - Girls: Pennsbury vs Council Rock North (10/12/2017)

Pennsbury vs. Council Rock North

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October 12th 2017 Field Hockey - Girls League Game No

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Jamie Parell had to think about it for a second.

"Second grade," the Pennsbury field hockey coach said, smiling.

That's where she had been the last time the Falcons won an outright Suburban One National Conference championship, all the way back in 1992. Her current seniors, for that matter, had been in fourth grade the last time the team even earned a share of the league championship, back in 2009.

All of that is now history for Pennsbury, though. Nell Webber started the Falcons on their way Thursday afternoon when she finally got her team on the board early in the second half, sparking Pennsbury to a 3-0 win over Council Rock North.

The victory earned the Falcons an outright SOL National title, the program's first in 25 years. Should Pennsbury defeat Truman Tuesday in its league finale, it would give the program its first-ever perfect run through the conference.

"I'm really proud of them," Parell said. "This is very exciting for them and for the program. This is an outstanding league, and there are so many really hard games and really good teams. To win the championship is something very, very special."

The 2017 championship began to take shape in 2013, when the William Penn Middle School team went undefeated. Then, a year later, a freshman-dominated junior varsity team went 15-1-1 for Pennsbury.

The Falcons struggled against the Big Three of the league the last two years, going 1-11 against Neshaminy, Council Rock North and Council Rock South. This year, with a team featuring 12 seniors, many of whom are three-year starters, Pennsbury is now 6-0 against those three.

Of course, the clincher was something that didn't come easily, not against the Indians Thursday afternoon. Pennsbury had clinched at least a share of the title Tuesday by beating Council Rock South, but that meant nothing to a Council Rock North team that bent but didn't break in the first half.

Pennsbury, who had beaten CR North 5-0 earlier this year, outshot the Indians 11-0 in the first half and had nine penalty corners in the first 30 minutes, but the game reached intermission scoreless. It was the first time in 11 league games that Pennsbury did not score in the first half.

"We talked about concentrating on finishing at halftime," Parell said. "We'd controlled the game, and the ball was in their end for most of the half. We just had to break through."

Pennsbury would do that less than five minutes into the second half, when Annie Price played the ball to Webber, who cashed it in from the right side. It was 2-0 less than two minutes later, after Price sent the ball into the circle to Samie Hackman, who sent it across the crease to Olivia Mauro for the goal.

Maya Geller's rocket from a step inside the circle with seven minutes left made the final 3-0.

Pennsbury, now 13-3 overall and 11-0 in the conference, plays Truman Tuesday and Upper Dublin Wednesday before the District 1 seeding meeting.