West tops Hen­der­son in 1st-place bat­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

In a driv­ing rain at J. Os­car Dicks Sta­dium, Down­ing­town West edged host West Ch­ester Hen­der­son, 1-0, un­der the lights Thurs­day evening in a bat­tle of Ches-Mont lead­ers.

The Whip­pets’ key vic­tory im­proved West’s record to 7-2 (6-0 Ches-Mont), while the War­riors fell to 8-3 (5-2 Ches-Mont).

“We did a good job pos­sess­ing the ball un­der tough con­di­tions,” said Down­ing­town West coach Jeff Ric­cardo. “The ball runs fast when it’s wet. We ground it out tonight, got a goal early, and we did what we had to do de­fen­sively to pre­serve the win.

“I thought we did a good job tonight as a whole — no one player in par­tic­u­lar, but we were solid ev­ery­where, con­sis­tent in ev­ery po­si­tion.”

Ju­nior mid­fielder Romea Ric­cardo, who is com­mit­ted to Univer­sity of North Carolina for field hockey, scored the game’s lone goal at 22:36 in the first half for the Whip­pets.

Jeff Ric­cardo said, “Romea re­ally does a good job hold­ing down the mid­dle for us.”

The West coach praised his de­fen­sive back­field for keep­ing Hen­der­son off the score­board: sopho­more left back Anna Miller, sopho­more cen­ter back Celina Ric­cardo, ju­nior right back Laine Gar­ber and se­nior sweeper Emily Brech­bill.

“I felt like our speed was good tonight,” said Celina Ric­cardo. “Play­ing in the rain tonight, I tried to think pos­i­tive when I was run­ning to the ball. It can be tough to stop the ball on a night like this — the ball skips when it’s wet.”

West goalie Cait­lyn Coker wasn’t chal­lenged of­ten Thurs­day night, but she made two saves to help pre­serve the shutout.

“Cait­lyn doesn’t get a lot of ac­tion back there, but when she’s needed, she does a great job for us,” said Jeff Ric­cardo.

Hen­der­son head coach Jen O’Don­nell said, “This was a very tough loss for us. It wasn’t be­cause of the rain, we didn’t play our best game tonight, and Down­ing­town played well. We let Down­ing­town dic­tate the pace, we were wait­ing for the ball in­stead of at­tack­ing like we did in our last game against Ken­nett. We were slow out there, and let­ting Down­ing­town pass around us. You can’t wait for the ball.”

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Down­ing­town West’s Romea Ric­cardo (11) and Hen­der­son’s Jor­dyn Bauer track the ball through the rain Thurs­day night at Hen­der­son.

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Down­ing­town West’s Taylor Orsini (12) and Hen­der­son’s Meghan Bres­lin (15) chase Jor­dyn Bauer (23) Thurs­day night.

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