Wassel, LC sur­vive in OT

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Bryn Wassel made sure that a long day for the Lans­dale Catholic girls soc­cer team ended in vic­tory.

With the Cru­saders play­ing in their sec­ond game Tues­day, Wassel found the back of net with 1:34 left in over­time and vis­it­ing LC held off Christo­pher Dock for a 4-3 non-league win.

“Bri­anna Cough­lin, she’s just so good with as­sists. She made a per­fect ball right in the air. All I had to do was tap it, all I had to do was be there,” Wassel said. “It was just an awe­some feel­ing to win.”

Wassel fin­ished with a pair of goals, while fresh­men Tara Sheri­dan and Jules LaS­anta also scored for the Cru­saders (12-3-0, 8-2-0 Philadel­phia Catholic LeagueF, who be­gan Tues­day with a 6-1 road win over St. Hu­bert. The vic­tory over Dock was the seventh straight for LC.

“Hu­bert’s right af­ter school, and that was a tough game. But we ac­tu­ally pulled through with the win,” said Wassel, who scored three times in the St. Hu­bert win. “And then com­ing here, we ac­tu­ally had our jayvee start and they were just awe­some. They came out ready to play, with a goal 1-0, it was awe­some.”

Against Christo­pher Dock, Lans­dale Catholic be­gan with its jayvee be­fore hav­ing var­sity play­ers en­ter in the 14th minute of the first half. Lans­dale Catholic mixed jayvee and var­sity throughout the game be­fore go­ing to the var­sity as the Pi­o­neers ral­lied to force over­time.

“I think I did not help our team by min­gling the girls. We tried, be­cause ob­vi­ously the first group that was here kept us from suf­fer­ing a for­feit or be­ing late,” LC coach Tom O’Donnell said. “So, we wanted to give them time. But as the game wore on, you just have no con­ti­nu­ity. vou got just like a whole new hodge-podge. And we weren’t nearly as good as we should be.”

Dock (7-4-3, 6-1-2 Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League In­de­pen­dence Divi­sionF trailed 3-1 in the sec­ond half be­fore goals from Katie McGoldrick — on a penalty kick — and Mat­ta­syn Shisler got the Pi­o­neers level with 6:43 re­main­ing.

“I’ve got to thank them (LCF, they al­ready had a game to­day, so you can’t ex­pect them to play at their full best. They have a lot more girls than what we do,” Dock coach Ray Hess said. “veah, I’m very happy with us. We even played pretty well when they had their

good play­ers in, too.”

Shea Neal scored the open­ing goal for Dock, which has not earned a win in its last three games, go­ing 0-2-1.

“What I was pleased about tonight was our ef­fort,” Hess said. “When we give an ef­fort like that, what more can you ask for. Things will hap­pen when we give ef­forts like that.”

LaS­anta put the Cru­saders up 3-1 as Do­minique Owad found the fresh­man open in front for a goal at 11:24 in the sec­ond half. Dock, how­ever, was quickly back within one as Bai­ley Kratz was fouled inside the 18-yard box. McGoldrick then put the ball into the lower right cor­ner to con­vert the cor­ner kick at 10:54.

Shisler tied the con­test a lit­tle more than four min­utes later, as her shot ric­o­cheted off the cross bar and into the net.

LC was very close to claim­ing the win in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion, but Wassel’s header on a cor­ner kick hit the cross­bar. The se­nior even­tu­ally col­lected the game win­ner, scor­ing off an as­sist from Cough­lin with 94 sec­onds left in over­time.

“Wassel’s ac­tu­ally very fo­cused and ma­ture for her age,” O’Donnell said. “She’s not a flip wiseguy. She said, ‘You know what, we should go in, it’s crunch time’ And that was when it was 3-2. So, they went in, she had a cou­ple off­sides, but she is dan­ger­ous.”

Sheri­dan gave Lans­dale Catholic a 1-0 lead with her first-half goal at 28:57, with Wassel dou­bling the ad­van­tage on her tally at 19:47 off a pass from Lexi Mayo.

The Pi­o­neers fi­nally got on the score­board in the sec­ond half thanks to Neal’s strike at 17:02.

North Penn’s Alex Evans lines up a shot dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence game against Pen­nridge.

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