Benner scores win­ner in fi­nal minute for C.dock

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

Joanna Benner scored with just 23 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion to give Christo­pher Dock a 2-1 win over Lower More­land Tues­day af­ter­noon in a rainy Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League game on the turf at Dock.

“It was way too close for com­fort,” Benner said, smil­ing. “I was like, ‘come on.’ It was crazy. (On the goal), I was think­ing, ‘gotta get down, get the right an­gle, and just swoop it right in.’ That was all Tay­lor (Sch­woyer) though. She had a great shot in.”

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“We were dom­i­nat­ing there for a while. We were get­ting a lot of of­fense, cornHUV, DnG wH finDOOy SuW LW in,” Dock coach Michelle Wald­spurger said. “My cap­tains re­ally stepped up — Joanna and Tay­lor. They re­ally put it to the goal.”

Dock out-shot the vis­it­ing Lions (9-3 over­all, 5-2 BAL) by a whop­ping mar­gin of 193.

“We kept putting the pres­sure on. We just couldn’t finG WKH JRDO,” :DOGVSuUJHU said. “Fi­nally, we cap­i­tal­ized here at the end.”

It took Dock (8-4 over­all, 6-1 BAL) less than six min­uWHV WR VFRUH LWV fiUVW JRDO, DV Emily Der­s­tine gave the Pi­o­neers a quick 1-0 lead. But Dock would not score again unWLO WKH finDO PLnuWH RI WKH con­test. The rea­son was Lions’ goalie Claire McPher­son.

“She kept us in there and gave us an op­por­tu­nity to get a win,” Lions coach Danielle Kline said. “It just didn’t hap­pen in the end. Christo­pher Dock put a full 60 min- utes in and we waited a lit­tle too long. It was a de­served win on (Dock’s) part.”

0LG­fiHOGHUV 6DP 0FGuigan and Kelly Duf­fey played well for the Lions, who tied things up with just 4:22 left. Pi­o­neers goalie Marissa Souder stopped the ini­tial shot by Corey Mayer but Lind­say Bo­erner was there to put in the re­bound.

Dock didn’t want to let the game go to over­time.

“I was slam­ming my hand on my fore­head, and just said ‘come on, girls, we can do this,’” Benner said.

Dock was able to earn its sixth league win of the sea­son. The only BAL team to de­feat the Pi­o­neers this fall, New Hope, vis­its Christo­pher Dock Thurs­day night.

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Lower More­land will host “Play for the Cure” on Thurs­day, a game that benH­fiWV WKH WUHDWPHnW RI BUHDVW Can­cer, and that con­test will be against BAL ri­val Delco Chris­tian.

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