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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.”
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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.”
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“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.
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“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.
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“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.
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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.
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Christopher Dock’s Shea Neal and Faith Christian’s Sabina Myers battle for possession during Monday’s District One Class A championship game.
Lansdale Catholic’s Quarterback Pat Duggan gets ready to throw a pass during Saturday’s Philadelphia Catholic League game against Bonner-Prendergast.