Wassel, LC survive in OT
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.