Pi­o­neers blanked by de­fend­ing champ VMA

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

The Christo­pher Dock fiHOG KRFNHy WHDP DOUHDGy had a big enough chal­lenge Ln IDFLng fiYH-WLPH GHIHnGing dis­trict champ Villa Maria on Thurs­day.

That chal­lenge grew sub­stan­tially when the Pi­o­neers had to play with­out their star cap­tain, Tay­lor Sch­woyer, in the lineup, as she was side­lined due to an an­kle in­jury.

Dock fought on but fell be­hind early to the Hur­riFDnHV, VWDWH finDOLVWV D yHDU ago, and could not catch up. Villa Maria ad­vanced in the Dis­trict lne Class AA Tour­na­ment with a 6-0 vic­tory over Dock, which saw a good sea­son come to an end on a cool, cloudy af­ter­noon at Villa Maria.

“Villa came out hard, hard and fast, and they scored TuLFNOy,” 3LRnHHUV FRDFK Michelle Wald­spurger said. “We were kind of caught off guard. We haven’t played a WHDP WKDW IDVW DnG VNLOOHG.”

The win ad­vanced Villa WR D VHPLfinDO PDWFKuS wLWK ei­ther Gwynedd Mercy or Phoenixville, who played Thurs­day night.

Two goals by Me­gan Par­sons and an­other each by Amelia Ia­cobucci and Katie Mooney put the top-seeded HuUULFDnHV uS 4-0 Ln WKH fiUVW 15 min­utes, and Ia­cobucci and Caro­line Mackrides added a score each be­fore half­time, giv­ing Villa a 6-0 lead at the break.

The Villa Maria pres­sure was over­whelm­ing, as the fast-paced Hur­ri­canes man­u­fac­tured 23 shots on goal in the con­test and made it a busy af­ter­noon for Dock se­nior goalie Marissa Souder.

Dock was also try­ing to cope with the loss of Sch­woyer, who is usu­ally a PDMRU IRUFH Ln WKH PLG­fiHOG.

“It was ex­cit­ing to make it WKURuJK WKDW fiUVW URunG DnG to not be able to play in my last game was re­ally hard,” she said.

No. 8 Dock was able to gen­er­ate a cou­ple of scor­ing chances in the sec­ond half, but brika Miller was there to make the saves for Villa.

Dock, a team blessed with seven se­niors this year, was able to ad­vance to the secRnG URunG IRU WKH fiUVW WLPH since 2008 and also im­prove uSRn ODVW yHDU’V 7-11 finLVK, go­ing 11-8 this fall. The Pio- neers will re­turn the bulk of their de­fense next sea­son, as wHOO DV VRPH PLG­fiHOGHUV DnG for­wards.

Dock’s ded­i­ca­tion to off­sea­son work starts right away on Satur­day, when the Pi­o­neers will host a clinic from 9 a.m. to noon, with 2004 grad­u­ate and 2008 llympian Jesse Gey in at­ten­dance.

“WH GHfinLWHOy LPSURYHG so much this year,” said Sch­woyer, who will play at Univer­sity at Al­bany next sea­son. “These young girls re­ally stepped up and were able to re­place all the skill that we lost from last year. We came to­gether as a team and had some re­ally great games. We pulled to­gether.”

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