Benner scores winner in final minute for C.dock
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.
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“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.”
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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.