Pioneers blanked by defending champ VMA
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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.
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“Villa came out hard, hard and fast, and they scored quickly,” Pioneers coach Michelle Waldspurger said. “We were kind of caught off guard. We haven’t played a team that fast and skilled.”
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Two goals by Megan Parsons and another each by Amelia Iacobucci and Katie Mooney put the top-seeded HXUULFDQHV XS 4-0 LQ 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 LQ WKH PLGfiHOG.
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No. 8 Dock was able to generate a couple of scoring chances in the second half, but Erika Miller was there to make the saves for Villa.
Dock, a team blessed with seven seniors this year, was able to advance to the secRQG URXQG IRU WKH fiUVW WLPH since 2008 and also improve XSRQ ODVW yHDU’V 7-11 fiQLVK, going 11-8 this fall. The Pioneers will return the bulk of their defense next season, as ZHOO DV VRPH PLGfiHOGHUV DQG 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 Olympian Jesse Gey in attendance.
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Christopher Dock’s Hannah Bergey tries to get past Lower Moreland defender Samantha McGuigan during the District One Class AA playoffs.