Field Hockey - Girls: Pennsbury vs Neshaminy (10/6/2017)

Pennsbury vs. Neshaminy

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October 6th 2017 Field Hockey - Girls League Game No

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For a huge high school field hockey game, the necessary math came straight from the elementary school level.

Pennsbury came in with no league losses. Neshaminy came in with one. That simple arithmetic made the importance of this one obvious.

In the end, the numbers favored Pennsbury, on the scoreboard and in the standings. Samie Hackman scored twice and Bev Bozarth added a back-breaking goal to lead the Falcons to a 3-1 win in a game played in front of an overflow crowd at Pennsbury.

"We knew what the challenge was," said Pennsbury coach Jamie Parell. "Neshaminy is a great team. They're coaching is great. We had to be at our best. I think we were ready. We had a great practice yesterday and a great warmup today. This was a big step for us, but we have a long way to go before we achieve our goals."

The win improved Pennsbury to 9-0 in the Suburban One National Conference, while Neshaminy fell to 7-2. Both teams have three league games remaining.

Prior to this season, Pennsbury hadn't beaten Neshaminy since 2011. The Falcons then won the first meeting between the two, at Neshaminy on Sept. 14, also by a 3-1 to score.

In fact, the two games were extremely similar. As it did the first time, Pennsbury scored three goals in the first half to lead 3-0 at the break and then withstood Neshaminy's second-half push for the 3-1 win.

Pennsbury followed its familiar script of keeping possession with its midfielders and getting scoring from its forwards. The Flacons outshot Neshaminy by eight in the first game; that number was nine in the rematch.

And so as midfielders Maya Geller, Nell Webber, Maddie Hackman, Annie Price and Anna Sharp relentlessly kept the ball in the Neshaminy end, it was the Pennsbury forwards who did the damage in the circle.

Pennsbury scored all three of its goals in the first game in a 6:31 span. This time, the three goals came over a course of 12:30.

Hackman twice deflected feeds from Kate Chesney into the cage, the first with 11:29 gone and the next nine minutes later. Then, with 6:01 left in the half, Bozarth took a cross from Webber on the far post and knocked it in, making it a 3-0 game at the break.

Neshaminy had some good opportunities in the first three minutes of the second half but couldn't score. Pennsbury then continue to maintain possession, and the Redskins couldn't break through until 3:50 was left, when Abby Geisler scored off a rebound. Neshaminy had one more shot after that, but Pennsbury was able to clear and run out the clock.

Both goalies, Neshaminy's Maddie Tiemann and Pennsbury's Michelle Deodati, made four saves.

The Falcons have a non-league game Saturday morning against Perkiomen Valley. Pennsbury then hosts Council Rock South Tuesday and Council Rock North Thursday.