High-powered offense keys LC win over l’hara
Three different strikers scored goals for a Lansdale Catholic offense that overwhelmed visiting Cardinal l’Hara in the second half Thursday, as the Crusaders earned a 4-2 win in the Philadelphia Catholic League contest.
“It’s a really good offense — a lot of skill up there,” junior striker Jillian diampa said happily.
After the Lions tied it up 2-2 on Catherine Wroblewski’s second goal of a sunny afternoon at LC, diampa put one home at the other end just a minute later to put LC ahead for good at 3-2.
“I saw Bryn (Wassel) taking it up and I knew I had to get in the right position,” diampa said. “When I saw her cross it, it wasn’t all the way to me so I had to step in front and really work to the ball so I could get my chance to get it in.”
“I thought that made a little bit of a statement for our girls,” LC coach Tom l’Donnell said of the Crusaders taking the lead right back. “We were kind of just sleepwalking along, winning 2-1, and all of a sudden (l’Hara) ties it. In other years with other teams, that could have been the beginning of a disastrous slide. But the girls came back a minute later and slam it in and we’re back in front. And we looked good from that point on.”
LC sealed it when diampa got to a loose ball that had GHflHFWHG RII /LRNV JRDOLH Carrie wamonski, making it 4-2. wamonski could not quite get control of the initial shot and diampa was there for the rebound.
“I was hoping for it,” the junior said.
The Crusaders (3-2 overall and 2-1 in the PCL) had taken a 1-0 lead on an early goal by Wassel and then l’Hara tied it on a penalty kick by Wroblewski. Lexi Mayo scored to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead at halftime.
“That’s a good sign,” l’Donnell said of the team’s offensive play. “When your defender chips in, that’s good, but all three strikers chipped in today with a goal and I’m happy about that. That’s a good thing. If we don’t score, the game is a 2-2 nailbiter. That’s the difference right now - these kids are scoring.”
LC also had plenty of fiRHSRZHR WR FKRRVH IRRP LN outlasting Cardinal l’Hara (4-3-2 overall and 1-2-1 PCL).
“The hardest thing that I’m trying to get through right now is I’ve got 18 kids that are all talented,” l’Donnell said. “It’s nice that you have depth, but I’m trying to get 18 girls into the game. I’ve had teams where I could go 15 deep, and what I have now is 18 that are legitimately good. And there’s versatility on this team. We jiggled some girls around and ( assistant coach) Armando ( Moral) even suggested during the game some other moves, in terms of getting the most conditioned athletes on the field, because we had no concern they could do the job.”
LC looks for another win today when it travels to Agnes Irwin for a 3:45 nonleague game.
Lansdale Catholic’s Bryn Wassel works a ball between Cardinal O’Hara defenders during Thursday’s Philadelphia Catholic League action.