Lans­dale Catholic knocks off Wood

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey PFDEUHY@MRUUQDOUHGLVWHU. com

Three times since the Lans­dale Catholic girls socFHU WHDP MRLQHG WKH 3KLODdel­phia Catholic League in 2008, WKH CUuVDGHUV’ WLWOH hopes have been dashed by AUFKELVKRS WRRG.

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6KDQQRQ 2zzLPR DQG -LOlian Gi­ampa scored in the sec­ond half and Lans­dale Catholic ended Wood’s three-year reign as league FKDPSLRQ, kQRFkLQg RII WKH Vik­ings 2-0 in the PCL semi­fiQDOV.

“This is stuff you dream of and you think off and then you go home after­wards and you lost again and you VLW WKHUH DQG yRu’UH OLkH, ‘WKDW D IRRO, wKy wRuOG I keep think­ing we’re go­ing to win this.’ LC coach Tom 2’DRQQHOO VDLG. “AQG IRuU yHDUV UuQQLQg DQG KHUH LW LV.”

The Cru­saders (15-4-0) ad­vance to the league cham­pi­onship for the third time LQ IRuU VHDVRQV DQG WKH fiUVW time since 2010. LC faces HLWKHU AUFKELVKRS 5yDQ RU St. Hu­bert — which played Thurs­day night at Ryan — on Mon­day.

“They’re been our ri­vals IRUHYHU. AQG LW wDV URugK los­ing to them in the reg­u­lar VHDVRQ,” VDLG 2zzLPR RI WKH 1-0 loss to Wood on Sept. 6. “It felt re­ally good to beat them in the playoffs be­cause LI yRu wLQ, yRu wLQ DQG WKHQ LI yRu ORVH, yRu gR KRPH.”

AORQg wLWK ORRkLQg WR FODLP LWV fiUVW-HYHU 3CL FKDPSLRQVKLSV, WKH CUuVDGers need to win the league LQ RUGHU WR PDkH WKH 3IAA CODVV AA TRuUQDPHQW IRU the third straight year.

“TKDW’V gRLQg WR EH WRugK,” l’Donnell said. “We talked DERuW WKDW, wKHUH wH wDQW to play these in the champiRQVKLS URuQG, EHFDuVH QRw WKDW wH wRQ WKLV gDPH, KRw do you get back up Mon­day night. That’s go­ing to be my FKDOOHQgH.”

IQ 2008, LDQVGDOH CDWKRlic fell to Wood in the semi­fiQDOV, WKHQ GURSSHG EDFkWR-EDFk fiQDOV DgDLQVW WKH Vik­ings in 2009 and 2010. LDVW yHDU, WKH CUuVDGHUV ORVW to Lit­tle Flower in the semis.

“We re­ally wanted to FRPH RuW, DOO RI uV gLYH 110 SHUFHQW DQG GR RuU EHVW, EHFDuVH wH kQHw LW wDV BUyQ (Wassel) and Han­nah (Whitby’s) se­nior year and we reDOOy wDQWHG WR wLQ,” GLDPSD VDLG. “AQG WRRG KDVQ’W EHHQ GHIHDWHG LQ D ORQg WLPH, VR wH MuVW UHDOOy wDQWHG WR wLQ WKLV.”

2zzLPR HQGHG WKH VFRUHOHVV WLH RII D FRUQHU kLFk, DV the ball cleared a crowd in front of goal where the sopho­more was free to head it in.

“I saw the cross com­ing in and I knew I had to get D KHDG RQ LW,” 2zzLPR VDLG. “6R, I PDGH WKH UuQ DQG I gRW WKHUH.”

The Vik­ings were very close to pulling back level VKRUWOy DIWHU 2zzLPR’V WDOOy, as a wide-open header by AuEUHH BURwQ wHQW RII WKH FURVVEDU DQG GRwQ, EuW QRW over the goal line.

The Cru­saders pro­ceeded to make it 2-0 on free kick given af­ter Gi­ampa was fouled. WKLWEy WRRk WKH UHVWDUW, VHQGing a ball to the right side of WKH 18-yDUG ERx, wKHUH LW bounced out of a group of SODyHUV WR GLDPSD, wKR SuW LW into the back of the net.

“AW fiUVW I WKRugKW I wDVQ’W go­ing to get it in be­cause it WRRk D wHLUG ERuQFH, EuW I MuVW QHHGHG WR SODFH LW,” GLampa said.

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