First-half lead slips away for Cru­saders

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Kev Hunter khunter@there­porteron­line. com

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.

The Cru­saders notched their only lead mid­way WKURuJK WKH fiUVW KDOI, DV Bryn Wassel booted one into the far cor­ner.

“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.

“We made some mis­takes here and there but it’s just VWuII ZH KDvH WR fix Ln SUDFtice,” Wassel said. “Ryan’s re­ally good this year — they’re a re­ally skilled team, EuW , NnRZ ZH FDn GHfinLWHOy get them back later on.”

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.

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