Coaches help team mesh
ehind the rugged exterior of Christopher aock girls’ soccer coach oay eess is a well calculated soccer mindI always looking for a way to make his team better. eis creative play calling helped his senior Katie jcGoldrick score the lone goal in its season ending O-N loss in the 3,AA CODVV A VHPLfinDOV.
“I was excited to see my fan-play work on the direct kickI” eess said. “I saw it in the kcL on a kickoff and I saidI ‘I am going to try that.’ I thought we did some nice technical stuff.”
The hard work by his Pioneers made it possible to be named aistrict One champions this season. eess made sure he was around for this year’s state title push after missing last year’s district playoffs.
“Last year I had nine broken ribs and did not want to catch pneumonia and really be in troubleI” eess said. “aoctor said it was best I did not coach. te are very young and to get this experience is nice for our kids. I felt like we really had a chance this year.”
Last year eess was hospitalized after a bad fall during the district playoffs and let assistant coach brin oeichart take the reins for the stretch runI which ended in a second round loss. This yearI with both eess and oeichart walking the sidelineI the Pioneers prevailed against jountain siew and made it to WKH SrRJrDP’V firVW HYHr VWDWH VHPLfinDO.
“brin is emotionally stable and with coach eessI it is like what mood is eess inI” jcGoldrick said. “brin relates to us and we all love her like a big sister.”
“brin is great to have on the teamI” eess said. “It is a women’s perspective and I go to her and make sure I am not too tough. It’s all part of what has to be in a good coaching staff.”
eess and oeichart are the perfect complement to one another and together they had their girls believing they were going to be at eersheypark on criday playing for the ultimate prize. bven though those dreams were dashed on TuesdayI it was easy to see
downs on three consecutive offensive plays in the second quarterI as quarterback A.J. Curotto hit wide receiver Kyle Wenger for a 35-yard TDI Reinhard broke away to a ST-yard score on the groundI and then backup nB Troy Johnson threw a gorgeous ball in stride to WengerI down the left sideline for 83 yards and a touchdown and a 35-0 lead at the break.
SoudertonI which saw its playoff hopes end in heartbreaking fashion last week in an 11- 10 loss to North PennI was playing flawless football on criday night.
“This is a great group of kids and I felt for them last weekI” Gallagher said. “We put a lot of bloodI sweat and tears into that game. Our kids really worked hard and wanted to beat North PennI and I thought we had a great opportunityI but it slipped away for whatever reason. I’m just thrilled that we got the opportunity to come out here and play one more game.”
SoudertonI getting many back-ups some playing time in the second halfI increased its lead to 42-0 when running back Jon Horton crashed in from three yards out.
voung Boyertown (3-8) did get its offense goingI with touchdowns by Cody Richmond (2V-yard run) and Nick McMenamin (5-yard run)I coupled with a defensive score by Gray Garber (2T-yard fumble return)I making it 42-20 with 8:20 to play.
“We got things going a little bitI” Bears coach Mark Scisly said. “We started executing. We had too many negative plays iQ WKH firsW KDOI. :H’YH MusW got to be more consistent. That’s what we have to do next season.”
Each team added one more touchdownI as Reinhard plunged in from a yard out to make it 4V-20 and then the Bears capped the scoring with a nine-yard pass from GriIfiQ 3DsiN WR CRGy 5iFKmond.
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“It felt great. It meant a lot that we go out on a winI” said JohnsonI a force at linebacker throughout the entire firsW KDOI.