First-half lead slips away for Crusaders
Some great hustle by Briana Egenlauf provided the winning goal in Archbishop Ryan’s 2-1 victory over Lansdale Catholic Wednesday in an otherwise evenlyplayed game at LC.
“I give a lot of credit to KHU EHFDuVH WKDW ZDV D finH effort by her,” Crusaders coach Tom O’Donnell said of Egenlauf, who was able to win a one-on-one race to the ball with the LC defender and knock a shot past keeper Alyssa Messina. “We didn’t get that same kind of pressure going to their goal. We would get down to that end but we never really got in and got off a shot. Far too many of our shots were from a distance and their keeper just gobbled them up.”
Jazmin Gonzalez made seven saves to help Ryan stay unbeaten at 9-0-1, including a 5-0 mark in Philadelphia Catholic League contests. After falling behind 1-0 Ln WKH fiUVW KDOI, WKH 5DLGers rallied for a pair of goals in the second half to push past LC (5-3 overall and 3-2 in the PCL).
“It was kind of like an 18to-18 game — there wasn’t a whole lot of play in the box,” said Ryan coach Ryan Haney, whose team HDUnHG LWV fiUVW ZLn RvHU LC in three years. “Our backs kind of opened up and took control of the ball in the second half. Both goals came off of them winning the ball, making the pass, and you create those two chances and put them in. (Briana’s goal was) a great effort play. She put in the extra effort, got in a jam and put it in.”
The Raiders’ other goal came off the foot Brittany Robinson, who joins Egenlauf to form a dynamic duo up top. Robinson’s goal tied the game 1-1 nine minutes after the break.
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“I got a great through ball, and I could feel a defender on my side and kind of just cut it back and knocked it,” Wassel said. “I saw it hit the right corner and I just threw my right hand up and was like ‘yes.’ That was pretty awesome.”
“Nice goal. Bryn’s been scoring in bunches,” O’Donnell said. “She had a couple more chances as the game went on, and I thought ‘we’re that good right now that with one swing of the leg, we’re going to take it to overtime and I like our chances in overtime.’ It just didn’t happen. We got down to their end and had plenty of opportunities in that third RI WKH fiHOG, EuW PDn, yRu’vH got to be able to pull the trigger if you want to score a goal.”
Egenlauf was able to do just that for Ryan, which took the lead with eight minutes to play.
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Ryan travels to Villa Joseph Marie on Saturday and the Crusaders are in action again Friday, when they make a trip to Hallahan.
Lansdale Catholic’s Jillian Giampa battles for a ball in the air against Archbishop Ryan defenders during Wednesday’s Philadelphia Catholic League action.