C.dock pulls away from ian­caster Coun­try Day

North Penn Life - - Sports - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

Christo­pher Dock’s Katie McGoldrick was in her el­e­ment with wind-burned cheeks and head­band to cover the ears. Be­fore soc­cer be­came the pas­sion of WKH sHQLRr PLG­fiHOGHr, LFH hockey was a hobby for the mioneer.

So with the tem­per­a­ture touch­ing freez­ing and wind blow­ing in her face, it was not much dif­fer­ent than the weather she once dealt with dur­ing her hockey days. And the penalty kick she was about to at­tempt, with the score knot­ted at 1-1 in the open­ing round of the mIAA Class A playoffs, was some­thing she has prac­tice a mil­lion times. There was no rea­son in her mind to feel the pres­sure.

“0y firsW sSRrW wDs LFH hockey,” McGoldrick said. “My mom played, my sis­ter played, and we would al­ways go hang out at the ice rink. The cold does not even faze me.”

McGoldrick took a sec­ond to col­lect her­self, and from 12 yards out tapped the ball to the cor­ner the ian­caster Coun­try Day goalie did not guess. The mioneers added WwR PRrH JRDOs LQ WKH fiQDO fivH PLQuWHs WR wLQ 4-1 RQ Thurs­day at Walt Sny­der Sta­dium.

“We have not prac­ticed free kicks and penal­ties as much as we did last year,” McGoldrick said. “But I knew where I wanted to put it. I just tried to stay fo­cused on the ball. I al­ways take two breaths be­fore I kick it.”

McGoldrick also net­ted WKH firsW RI KHr WwR JRDOs, D free kick in the 36th min­uWH, DIWHr D sFRrHOHss firsW half. How­ever the Cougars’ Jas­myn me­ter­son came rLJKW GRwQ WKH fiHOG LQ WKH same minute to even the con­test once again. Af­ter the me­ter­son an­swer, the Cougars elected to pack the box in what look al­most as if they were play­ing for over­time and pos­si­bly penalty kicks.

“I thought we played pretty slow,” mioneers’ coach Ray Hess said. “I don’t know if it was the cold weather, but WKDW wDs WKH firsW WLPH wH rHally had any­body pack the box on them. I thought (ian­caster Coun­try Day) might have been play­ing for penalty kicks.”

With only one girl rest­ing high, the rest of the Cougars were left to de­fend the mioneers’ con­stant pres­sure. While it was not a for­ma­tion the Dis­trict One champs have seen a lot of, it was some­thing they were de­ter- mined to de­ci­pher.

“We had to ad­just to their game,” McGoldrick said. “It felt like they had 20 girls back there and we had to fiJurH RuW KRw WR JHW LQ Ey them.”

It was sopho­more MatWDVyQ 6KLVOHr wKR VFRrHG WwLFH LQ WKH fiQDO fivH min­utes to set up a sec­ond round matchup with Dis­trict Two champs out RI 0RuQWDLQ 9LHw RQ 6DWur­day. The Dis­trict Three­sec­ond place Cougars never did record a sec­ond shot on goal.

“It looks like Moun­tain siew has a pretty good ground game,” Hess said. “But you never know un­til you ac­tu­ally play the game.”

There was no way Jim Ha­ley was go­ing to miss this game.

“I would have played with a bro­ken leg if I’d have to,” the Bon­ner-mren­der­gast se­nior quar­ter­back/safety said.

Ha­ley had to sit out sev­eral Fri­ars’ games this sea­son with a va­ri­ety of in­juries, but un­for­tu­nately for the ians­dale Catholic football team, KH wDV RQ WKH fiHOG IRr 6DWur­day af­ter­noon’s mhiladel­phia Catholic ieague Class AAA DLvLVLRQ VHPL­fiQDO DW 3OyPouth Whitemarsh.

Ha­ley found the end zone WwLFH RQ ruQV LQ WKH firVW KDOI, then threw for touch­down in the fourth quar­ter as Bon­nermren­der­gast rolled past the Cru­saders 28-0.

“When he does some of the things he can do — and he’s not even 100 per­cent — but some of the things that he does are pretty darn good,” iC coach Tom Kirk of Ha­ley. “And (he) re­ally presents a prob­lem de­fen­sively.”

Joe Demhillipo had a game-high 111 yards rush­ing and a touch­down on 26 FDr­rLHV, wKLOH HDOHy fiQished with 107 yards on 17 car­ries for Bon­ner-mren­der­gast, which ad­vances to face Arch­bishop Wood in WKH 3C/ AAA fiQDO IRr WKH sec­ond straight year. Wood de­feated Car­di­nal O’Hara 54-28 LQ WKH RWKHr VHPL­fiQDO 6DWurGDy DW 7ruPDQ.

“It’s un­be­liev­able. To go back to the Catholic ieague fiQDO, WKDW’V wKDW wH wHrH shoot­ing for,” said Ha­ley, who also had an in­ter­cep­tion in the vic­tory.

ians­dale Catholic (5-5) — which lost to the Fri­ars (4-5) 28-9 LQ :HHN 6Lx — wDV never able to gen­er­ate any­thing on of­fense the en­tire con­test, col­lect­ing just 66 to­tal yards – 43 rush­ing and 23 pass­ing.

“We just couldn’t get it go­ing to­day,” said Kirk, in his firVW VHDVRQ wLWK /C. “-uVW one of those days. We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties early that we just didn’t cap­i­tal­ize on. And they just beat us fair and square to­day.”

ians­dale Catholic is sched­uled to play Con­well(JDQ RQ 6DWurGDy, EuW LI WKH Ea­gles make the Dis­trict 1/12 Class AA playoffs, 6DWurGDy’V ORVV wRuOG Ey the last game for the Cru­saders in 2012. De­spite the dis­ap­point­ing end­ing, the 5-5 mark would be iC’s firVW QRQ-ORVLQJ VHDVRQ VLQFH 2007.

“No mat­ter what our record shows, we played with so much heart,” iC se­nior James Ward said.

Mike Ia­cono paced the Cru­saders on the ground with 23 yards on eight car­ries. nuar­ter­back mat Duggan was 4-of-12 for 23 yards and was in­ter­cepted twice.

Ha­ley was 4-of-7 pass­ing for 64 yards and a touch­down, while Collin DiGalbo was 2-of-9 for 38 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions. Chris­tian 6uPPHrV OHG WKH )rLDrV wLWK four catches for 85 yards.

Hale has been be­fallen with a laun­dry list of ail­ments this year, but the se­nior has been able to take all of them in stride.

“First game of the year I got hurt, sep­a­rated my shoul­der,” he said. “Missed one game, played the West (Catholic) game, played the Ro­man (Catholic) game, got a con­cus­sion, missed two more games. And then sprained my an­kle and missed the Wood game last week.

“It’s been a rough sea­son, but it is what it is.”

Af­ter a score­less open­ing quar­ter, Ha­ley put the Fri­ars up 7-0 early in the sec­ond with his 22-yard touch­down ruQ DW 11:14 WR HQG D VLx­play, 60-yard drive.

“Twenty-eight lead op­tion, and I saw out of the cor­ner of my eye — when I came around — Joe Flop (Demhillipo),” Ha­ley said. “6R, , wDLW up IRr KLP, KH made an awe­some block, awe­some block to get me in there.”

Bon­ner-mren­der­gast made it 14-0 4:11 be­fore half­time as Ha­ley capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive by cross­ing the goal line on a one-yard run.

In the third quar­ter, Demhillipo in­ter­cepted Duggan and re­turned it 43 yards down to the iC two. One play later, the ju­nior scored to make it 21-0 at 2:29.

The Fri­ars went up 28-0 at 8:32 in the fourth, as Ha­ley rROOHG RuW WR fiQG .yOH DDwVRQ IRr D VLx-yDrG WRuFKGRwQ WR fiQLVK D QLQH-pODy, 61 yard drive.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / GE­OFF PATTON

Christo­pher Dock’s Shea Neal and Faith Chris­tian’s Sabina My­ers bat­tle for pos­ses­sion dur­ing Mon­day’s Dis­trict One Class A cham­pi­onship game.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ADRI­ANNA HOFF

Lans­dale Catholic’s Quar­ter­back Pat Duggan gets ready to throw a pass dur­ing Satur­day’s Philadel­phia Catholic League game against Bon­ner-Pren­der­gast.

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