Drey lifts Trojans over C.dock
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“I don’t usually take those, so I knew it was a shot from there,” drey said. “So, I just wDs FRnfiGHnW DnG LW DFWuDOOy went in.”
drey’s effort from about 3M yards out found its way over the outstretched arms of Christopher Dock goalkeepHr AOyssD /HLsWHr wLWK RnOy 54 seconds left in the second half as the visiting Trojans girls soccer team earned a 2-1 non-league win over the Pioneers Tuesday afternoon.
“It felt really good,” she said. “Because I knew that we won on that goal, so it was nice.”
drey had both goals for Wissahickon (1-1), breaking a scoreless tie close to 16 PLnuWHs DIWHr KDOIWLPH. Christopher Dock (M-1) would pull even with under fiYH PLnuWHs WR JR Rn D SKHD Neal goal, but drey prevented overtime with her late heroics.
“They were dominating a lot of the game, but it was good to get those goals in for the team, because at the end we were working hard,” drey said.
The Pioneers controlled most of the possession, but only Neal could convert
on the handful of scoring chances Dock had in the contest. Some were calmly saved by Trojans keeper oachel Stone, while Mattasyn Shisler was twice denied by the goal frame.
“A lot of it was unlucky. And then a lot of it has to do with just working on our shots and getting our shot down,” Neal said. “Overall, I think we were in their end more, if not just as much as they were on our end. So I think the game, we easily could have won, we just needed to put it together.”
Despite the season-opening defeat, Dock coach oay Hess was still positive about what he saw from the de- fending District One Class A champs.
“I thought we played well and I’m extremely happy with the way that we’re playing. So, and we can only get better,” he said. “We’re stringing some nice passes together, things like that. We got a lot of options with people, moving them front and back and all sorts of things. I got to see some of that today, even though we didn’t win.”
Wissahickon started its year last Friday with a 5-1 home loss to nuakertown, but the Trojans made some adjustments that drey said were EHQHfiFLDO LQ 7UHSGDY’S WLQ.
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An errant goal kick by Christopher Dock led to drey putting the Trojans up 1-M in the second half. drey got the EDOO DRRUQG PLGfiHOG, FRQWLQued towards the Pioneers’ net, then unleashed a low shot past Leister at 24:15.
Neal collected the equalizer for Christopher Dock with 4:11 left, taking a pass from Olivia Seavy and beating Stone with a strike to the near post.
“It was a perfect pass,” Neal said. “Our whole strategy is trying to play it behind their defense, because we’re running on it gives us an advantage and it’s really nice when we’re able to do that. The speed of the ball was played really nicely.”
Before drey’s gamewinner, Dock came close to pulling ahead, but Shisler was denied by the right post. The Dock sophomore also KLW WKH IRDPH LQ WKH fiRSW KDOI after getting behind the Wissahickon defense.
Wissahickon’s Meghan Guzewicz and Christopher Dock’s Eden Nafziger battle for possession of the ball during Tuesday’s non-league action.
Souderton’s Caitlin Duddy and North Penn’s Mackenzie Daniels battle for a ball in the air during Thursday’s Suburban One Continental Conference action.