GMA gets re­venge with win over New Hope

Springfield Sun - - SPORTS - By Stephen God­win Jr. For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

DOYLESTOWN » It was not meant to be for the New Hope-sole­bury Li­ons as dreams of a per­fect sea­son came crash­ing down against the Gwynedd Mercy Academy Mon­archs.

The Mon­archs used de­fense and a pair of goals to de­feat the Li­ons by a score of 2-1 in the Dis­trict 1/12 Class A re­gional cham­pi­onship Thurs­day at War Memo­rial Field at Cen­tral Bucks West High School.

“It feels amaz­ing to get our ti­tle back,” said GMA’S Lilly Gil­more, who had a goal. “We played as a team and ev­ery­one did it for each other. We didn’t do it as in­di­vid­u­als. We played as one.”

New Hope-sole­bury (191) was no doubt fa­vored in this game, but Gwynedd Mercy Academy (15-8) showed lit­tle fear.

The Mon­archs came out and got five quick steals against the Li­ons and thwarted any early of­fense.

New Hope-sole­bury got the first chance to score, but was swal­lowed up by goalie Pay­ton Camp­bell.

Camp­bell had 10 saves against New Hope-sole­bury’s 12 shots.

Gwynedd Mercy Academy took the ball down the other way and Alden Boc­cella scored off a ric­o­chet for a 1-0 lead.

The goal gave the Monarch’s mo­men­tum that they car­ried for much of the sec­ond half.

The Li­ons’ de­fense then came alive as it be­gan get­ting steals and turn­ing them into of­fense.

It seemed like the New Hope-sole­bury could never get a great shot off once in Mon­archs’ de­fen­sive zone.

When it did, the chances were squashed by Camp­bell and com­pany.

The big­gest threat to Gwynedd Mercy Academy was Sarah Wil­son.

Wil­son leads the Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League with 53 goals, 122 points and ranks in the top 10 with 16 as­sists.

She was clearly the best player on the Li­ons, but strug­gled to get her shot and couldn’t solve the Mon­archs’ de­fense.

“They have a lot of strong play­ers, but I think com­ing to­gether and work­ing as one shut their strong­est play­ers down and we did it,” Gil­more said.

Gwynedd Mercy started the sec­ond half in the de­fen­sive zone of New Hopesole­bury, but the mo­men­tum did not last long.

The Li­ons then seemed re-en­er­gized on of­fense and looked in­tent on mak­ing some­thing hap­pen.

Af­ter New Hope failed to come away with a goal, Gwynedd Mercy came the other way and Gil­more scored to give the Mon­archs breath­ing room.

The ex­tra goal lead proved crit­i­cal when Lilly Smith scored with 4:22 left in the game.

New Hope-sole­bury had 11 cor­ners in the game to eight for Gwynedd Mercy, but could only take ad­van­tage of one of them.

Smith ap­peared to score off one cor­ner off the goalie’s foot, but a whis­tle had blown be­fore the goal crossed the line.

On the next pos­ses­sion, Smith whacked an­other ball into the goal mouth that counted this time.

“I was just re­ally happy be­cause I thought we could have had a chance to get an­other one and win the game,” Smith said.

The Mon­archs won the en­su­ing face­off that kept the ball in the Li­ons’ de­fen­sive end for the next two min­utes.

New Hope-sole­bury got the ball back into Gwynedd Mercy ter­ri­tory, but could not come up with the nec­es­sary ty­ing goal and time ex­pired.

“We got caught on a quick tran­si­tion goal,” Smith said. “That is un­for­tu­nate, but hon­estly my girls played hard. They came back. We had op­por­tu­ni­ties, but we just didn’t put them away. We had more cor­ners, but we just didn’t con­vert them, whereas last game we didn’t have as many, but we con­verted more.”

This was a re­venge game for the Mon­archs af­ter the Li­ons de­feated them 3-0 in the Dis­trict 1 cham­pi­onship Oct. 27.

“It is ex­tremely re­ward­ing,” GMA coach Alex Mcma­han said. “Last Fri­day was a big blow. We went in there hop­ing and ex­pect­ing a dif­fer­ent re­sult. When they set us back on our heels, it made us de­ter­mined to come back and cor­rect the record and work even harder to­day. We are thrilled to have played such a great hockey game and to come out on top.”

The sea­son is not over for ei­ther team as both are headed to the PIAA tour­na­ment. Gwynedd Mercy Academy 2, New Hope-sole­bury 1 New Hope-sole­bury Gwynedd Mercy Academy 1 0 1–2 1–1 Goals: GMA: Alden Boc­cella, Lilly Gil­more. NHS: Lilly Smith. As­sists: GMA: 0. NHS: 0. Saves: GMA: Pay­ton Camp­bell 10. NHS: Elsie Jones 3.

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