Top-seeded In­di­ans thump Car­di­nals

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tim Hindin thindin @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

EAST MARL­BOR­OUGH >> Up­per Dublin knew ex­actly what it was get­ting it­self into as it trav­eled to Unionville Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to take on the top-seeded In­di­ans. Unionville, how­ever, left lit­tle doubt as to why it was the No. 1 seed en­ter­ing the Dis­trict 1 play­offs as it earned the 7-1 win.

“They’re good,” Up­per Dublin coach Heather Boyer said of Unionville. “A cou­ple goals in the first few min­utes and you know it’s go­ing to be a tough up hill bat­tle.”

One of the most dan­ger­ous things a fa­vored team can do is let another team hang around and think it can pull the up­set. The In­di­ans pretty much squashed chances of an up­set right off the bat as they took a 1-0 lead just 37 sec­onds into the game as Katie An­der­son as­sisted An­nie McDonough for the game’s first tally.

“That was my pregame talk for them I thought it was im­por­tant we come out strong,” Unionville coach Erin Cur­tis said. “We won the coin toss, we chose pos­ses­sion and we wanted to come out and strike first.”

An­der­son ended the game with two as­sists while McDonough also reg­is­tered two points with a goal and an as­sist, while Shan­non Reape net­ted the only goal for Up­per Dublin.

Unionville’s at­tack would be steady through­out the first half as it scored five goals in the first 22 min­utes of play.

With Unionville putting the clamps down on the Car­di­nals they found very lit­tle space to op­er­ate in any part of the field. Up­per Dublin tried to counter the In­di­ans ag­gres­sive play but was to lim­ited avail.

“We don’t ever panic, we stay with in our game. When we make a mis­take we con­tinue to play,” Cur­tis said of her team’s tena­cious play.

“They started to set­tle in,” Boyer said. “There was a lot of good hockey on the field that wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily re­flected on the score­board. Es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half. That’s all we can try to do. I give the girls credit for try­ing to keep making plays and try to cre­ate things in the of­fen­sive cir­cle. It just didn’t hap­pen the way we wanted it too. The power rank­ings are there for a rea­son.”

For the Car­di­nals, this sea­son marks one of great im­prove­ment af­ter win­ning just five games a year ago to win­ning 12 this sea­son with a Dis­trict 1 sec­ond round ap­pear­ance.

“It’s a huge turn­around, more than I ever ex­pected,” Boyer said. “I ex­pected im­prove­ment but I didn’t ex­pect this kind of suc­cess. I at­tribute that to the girls re­ally buy­ing into re­vamp­ing the sys­tem and work­ing hard to get bet­ter.”

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Unionville’s Katie An­der­son fires a shot as Up­per Dublin play­ers Alex Thomp­son and Han­nah Close de­fend Wed­nes­day.

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