Pioneersi i.jore­land dead­locked af­ter OOTS

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

The posts on each side of the iower jore­land goal played best friend to their keeper on Tues­day night. While fresh­man sic­to­ria jueller made save time DQG WLPH DJDLQ, LQ WKH fiQDO min­utes of reg­u­la­tion the iions’ last line of de­fense had a few metal bars to thanks.

Christo­pher Dock amped up the pres­sure af­ter fall­ing be­hind in the Bi­cen­ten­nial ieague con­test and while jueller de­nied a hand­ful of shots which ap­peared des­tined for twineI the Pi­o­neers hit the post on two in­evitable game win­ners and the squads set­tled for O-O tie.

“sic­to­ria is very good and one of those you sayI ’please don’t get hurtI” iions’ coach gohn Ober­holtzer said. “She does play club ball and one of the rea­sons we are more suc­cess­ful than we were is be­cause we do have more club play­ers. This is the best team we have had and there are a lot RI yRuQJ NLGV. ,W LV WKH fiUVW time in seven years that we had a pos­i­tive re­sult against Christo­pher Dock.”

While it may have been the best per­for­mance against the Pi­o­neers in a long timeI the tie is not too grat­i­fy­ing know­ing they let a O-0 half­time lead slip away. Sopho­more Ce­lena Costa used her speed to EHDW D GHIHQGHU IRU WKH fiUVW goal and Sa­man­tha jor­ris’ UHVWDUW IURP QHDUOy PLG­fiHOG found a way into the back of net.

“If we shot the way I wanted them to shoot it would have been 5-0 in the fiUVW KDOI,” 2EHUKROWzHU VDLG. “Then it would have been out reach. But Christo­pher Dock woke up in the sec­ond half.”

Af­ter a few tweaks to the OLQHuS, VSHFL­fiFDOOy VHQLRUV Alyssa ieis­ter tak­ing over in goal and Shea Neal mov­ing from cen­ter de­fen­sive back to for­ward ig­nited the Pi­o­neers. Neal’s speed up top forced the iions to con­cen­trate on mark­ing her with a man on the back and front of the re­turn­ing Bi­cen­ten­nial ieague jost salu­able Player. It also opened up sopho­more Bai­ley hratzI who used the width of the pitch well and snuck a shot past jueller in the 58th minute.

“iower jore­land likes to put the ball in the air and we got into that and then we got frus­trat­edI” Pi­o­neers’ coach oay eess said. “In the sec­ond half we played the ball on the ground and we had plenty of chances.”

Cut­ting the iions’ lead down to O-1 only added fuel WR WKH fiUH IRU WKH 3LRQHHUV. Af­ter fail­ing to con­trol the WHPSR LQ WKH fiUVW KDOI, WKHy started play­ing to feet and dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion. Se­nior hatie jcGoldrick scored di­rectly on a cor­ner kick in the T0th minute to send the game into over­time. She nearly scored on sev­eral other crisp crosses into the box.

“We had op­por­tu­ni­ties to win the gameI but we did not get it doneI” eess said. “Our pos­ses­sion was greatI but at times we made too many passes in front of the net. When we got down by two goals we had to put Shea up top. I al­most wish she was PRUH VHO­fiVK DQG WRRN LW WR the goalI but she is such a team player.”

The Pi­o­neers are lucky to es­cape with­out a loss. eess is con­cerned this blem­ish may ul­ti­mately de­rail their hopes of win­ning a league ti­tle. nuickly the Pi­o­neers DUH fiQGLQJ RuW WKH OHDJuH has im­proved from top to bot­tom. The next time they play the iions if they sleep wDON WKURuJK WKH fiUVW 40 min­utes they will not be so lucky.

“I think we took them a lit­tle too light­lyI” eess said. “It sure hurts our chances in the league. It could be the dif­fer­enceI es­pe­cially if we lose to an­other team. oight now it looks like you can­not take any­body lightly in this league.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Christo­pher Dock’s Mat­ta­syn Shisler beats Lower More­land’s Erica Fleck to the ball dur­ing Tues­day’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League ac­tion.

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