Field Hockey - Girls: Pennsbury vs Plymouth Whitemarsh (9/16/2017)

Pennsbury vs. Plymouth Whitemarsh

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Game Date Sport Game Type Overtime
September 16th 2017 Field Hockey - Girls Non-League Game No

Pennsbury Comments

For a hot, humid morning in mid-September, this one certainly had more the feel of a playoff game on a chilly evening in mid-October.

Ava Borkowski scored on a beautiful reverse shot 9:47 into the game and Katherine Houghton made eight saves to make it hold up as Plymouth-Whitemarsh defeated Pennsbury 1-0 Saturday morning in a matchup of teams leading their Suburban One League divisions. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Falcons as Plymouth-Whitemarsh improved to 8-0.

The game ended when Pennsbury's Maya Geller rifled a shot into the goal off a corner as time expired but had the goal was waved off for being too high in the cage.

"It was a really good game," said Pennsbury coach Jamie Parell. "Both teams competed at a high level. Neither team ever let up. I knew Plymouth-Whitemarsh would be really good, and they were very impressive. Even with the loss, we still had a very good week."

Pennsbury was playing for the third time in three days, after ending long losing streaks with wins over Neshaminy (3-1 Thursday) and Council Rock South (3-0 Friday). P-W had also played Friday, with a 4-0 win over Hatboro-Horsham.

Despite playing so many game in a row, Pennsbury kept the pressure on in the second half, throwing six shots at Houghton in an effort to get the tying goal. Pennsbury's best chance, before Geller's shot on the final corner, came with 5:30 left in the second half, when Kate Chesney ripped one that Houghton just managed to tip away.

Michele Deodati made three saves for Pennsbury, who outshot P-W 15-9.

P-W coach Charise Halteman:
“It was a battle today, but it was a good game. I had been following their success earlier in the week, so I knew it was going to be a good game. Based on information I that I had read, I thought our teams would match up really well today. I thought they would have a strong attacking six, and I think we have a strong attacking six. Today’s game was a really well-matched game.

“It was a grass game for our team, so that was a little bit of an adjustment. We’re not used to the big hit game that Pennsbury is pretty good at, so that was a little bit of an adjustment for us, but I thought overall, there was a lot of back and forth opportunities of both ends.

“Today the difference maker was scoring early. That was big for our team to score early, and obviously, we had to maintain the lead, but it definitely set us up for a good game.

“They definitely have some really talented players on their team. They actually had - in the last seconds of the game - a corner, and a shot went in the goal at the end. There was a little controversy on whether it was tipped or not. I don’t really know. The call went our way today, so we survived with a 1-0 win. It’s really good for us. It keeps us undefeated. We now have two non-league wins along with our league wins, so I think that’s really important for us moving forward. Our next two non-league games with Haverford and North Penn, and I think they’ll be really quality games as well.

"Beating Wissahickon 1-0 and Pennsbury 1-0 - some of these closer game, it just is more of that playoff feel. The intensity level is high, and that’s what we need to be prepared for the end of the season. I was happy to see a really good team today. I thought we were a little tired in the second half. I had to pull one of my starters out because she thought she was going to be sick, so I think the heat was getting to us. I don’t think we put together maybe the best second half  I thought my goalkeeper - Katherine Houghton - and my defenders, led by Sophie Kolkka, they kept fighting under pressure and doing what they needed to do to keep the ball out of the net. I’m really proud of their effort.”

Plymouth Whitemarsh Comments

Game Date: 9/16/17
Score: Plymouth Whitemarsh 1 v. Pennsbury 0
Halftime Score: Plymouth Whitemarsh 1 Pennsbury 0
Location: Pennsbury

Game Stats:
Ava Borkowski - 1 Goal
Sophie Kolkka - 1 Assist
Katherine Houghton - 11 Saves
Meghan DiGiacomo - 1 Defensive Save

Game Summary:
Charise Halteman – Head Coach
"Ava Borkowski scored a goal, assisted by Sophie Kolkka, early in the first half against Pennsbury that would stand for the remainder of the game. We played a strong first half, but struggled with fatigue in the second half and could not sustain our attack. I thought our defenders led by Sophie Kolkka and GK, Katherine Houghton, did an outstanding job under pressure today. A quality Pennsbury team led the games in shots and corners and put a lot of pressure on our defense, but we continued to fight for the entire game."