Pi­o­neers blanked by de­fend­ing champ VMA

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Kev Hunter

The Christo­pher Dock fiHOd KRFNHy WHDP DOUHDdy had a big enough chal­lenge LQ IDFLQJ fivH-WLPH dHIHQd­ing dis­trict champ Villa Maria on Thurs­day.

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.

Dock fought on but fell be­hind early to the Hur­riFDQHV, VWDWH fiQDOLVWV D yHDU ago, and could not catch up. Villa Maria ad­vanced in the Dis­trict One Class AA Tour­na­ment with a 6-0 vic­tory over Dock, which saw a good sea­son come to an end on a cool, cloudy af­ter­noon at Villa Maria.

“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.”

The win ad­vanced Villa WR D VHPL­fiQDO PDWFKuS ZLWK HLWKHU GZyQHdd 0HUFy RU Phoenixville, who played Thurs­day night.

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.

“It was ex­cit­ing to make it WKURXJK WKDW fiUVW URXQG DQG to not be able to play in my last game was re­ally hard,” she said.

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.

“:H GH­fiQLWHOy LPSURvHG so much this year,” said Sch­woyer, who will play at Univer­sity at Al­bany next sea­son. “These young girls re­ally stepped up and were able to re­place all the skill that we lost from last year. We came to­gether as a team and had some re­ally great games. We pulled to­gether.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / AMANDA PIC­CIR­ILLI

Christo­pher Dock’s Han­nah Bergey tries to get past Lower More­land de­fender Sa­man­tha McGuigan dur­ing the Dis­trict One Class AA playoffs.

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