KICKING OFF

Baker’s dozen of area teams open up Dis­trict 1 play

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed­die Levin For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Down­ing­town West play­ers con­grat­u­late Emily Feeney (31) on her goal against Har­ri­ton dur­ing Dis­trict 1 4A girls soc­cer ac­tion Tuesday at DiSer­afino Sta­dium. The Whip­pets rolled over Har­ri­ton, 10-0, to ad­vance to the sec­ond round on a busy day of soc­cer and vol­ley­ball ac­tion.

DOWN­ING­TOWN >> All sea­son long Down­ing­town West and Har­ri­ton have used strong de­fen­sive back­lines as key recipes for suc­cess, so when the two teams squared off in the open­ing round of the Dis­trict 1 4A playoffs Tuesday evening at DiSer­afino Sta­dium, it ap­peared as though the tougher de­fense would pre­vail.

When the fi­nal horn sounded it was the ninth-seeded Whip­pets com­ing away with a de­ci­sive 10-0 win over the the No. 24 Rams, due in large part to a stingy back line that al­lowed for the hosts to turn that de­fense into of­fense and ad­vance to Thurs­day’s sec­ond round at Quak­er­town.

“Mor­gan sets the tone in goal,” said Down­ing­town West coach Mary Schanne. “She keeps ev­ery­thing or­ga­nized in the back­field that al­lowed us to keep our shape, play through the mid­field which sprung our at­tack­ers

that led to scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

“It’s awe­some having Mor­gan back there,” said se­nior Casey Shee­han. “She does a great job or­ga­niz­ing the de­fense and I wouldn’t be as good as I am without her.”

Al­though O’Lough­lin was not very busy this evening, she is quick to praise her de­fense say­ing, “Our coaches have done a great job mix­ing dif­fer­ent kids in like Ce­celia Kla­pac, who is one our youngest de­fend­ers who has done a great job but there have been some games where Me­gan (Lund­mark) and Grace (Vasso) have put this team on their back and I couldn’t have done what I have done without them.”

Lund­mark added, “I love shut­ting play­ers down from scor­ing. It’s one of my fa­vorite things to do.”

Early on, both teams had scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but each time the de­fen­sive back­line stepped up, lim­it­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. With 24:05 left in the first half, Down­ing­town West (14-3-2) was able to cre­ate space and cash in when Syd­ney Am­paro hit a streak­ing Sam­mie Sipes who then made the ex­tra pass to Emily Feeney who made the most of her scor­ing chance beat­ing keeper Lily Saul to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

For the next 10 min­utes it ap­peared as though an­other scor­ing op­por­tu­nity might not hap­pen as both teams once again stood strong on the back line. How­ever, Down­ing­town West would soon end the scor­ing drought, as Am­paro would score two goals within a 1:32 span to give her squad some breath­ing room.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Down­ing­town West’s So­phie Good­stein (9), Emily Feeney (31), Ju­lia Mar­rone (3) and Sam­mie Sipes (4) cel­e­brate Mar­rone’s sec­ond goal against Har­ri­ton Tuesday evening.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Down­ing­town West’s Madi­son Cap­pel­lano (23) drib­bles past Har­ri­ton’s So­phie Edel­but (1) as the Whip­pets cruised to a win Tuesday.

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