Mount pt. Joseph blanks Plymouth-whitemarsh batters Abington Gwynedd Mercy
Before the game startedI Mount pt. Joseph coach Catherin Kulp was debating on whether or not to start senior iisa Roman. eer decision to do so paid off and it did so quickly.
Just over a minute into regulationI Roman sent a perfect header over to junior Courtney eigginsonI wKR VFRrHG WKH JDPH’V firVW goal and gave the Magic all the offense they needed in a 2-0 win over Catholic Academies Conference rival Gwynedd Mercy Academy at Mount pt. Joseph on Tuesday afternoon.
“The young lady who got the header was someone I was trying to decide on whether or not to start herI and that goal was the scenario I was hoping forI” Kulp said. “And the girl who scored used to be a Gwynedd girlI so that was a nice way to get on top and a good mental start to the game.”
The early goal set the tone for the rest of the gameI as the Magic E3-0I 1-0) controlled the tempo and posVHVVLRn Ln WKH firVW KDOI DnG took a 2-0 lead with just unGHr fivH PLnuWHV WR SODy DIWHr Meg McCabe sent a shot off of a Gwynedd player into the back of the net for the Mount’s second goal of the half.
The iady Monarchs E1-21I 1-2-0) had their chances in the second halfI including one shot which bounced off the center of the crossbarI but Mount sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Keown had an answer for everything which came her wayI and GMA left without getting on the scoreboard.
“I think Mount played a great gameI” GMA coach Gary iamsback said. “They were physical and they were quick to the ball. We played better as the game went on and made some adjustmentsI but it was a great effort by the Mount and they deserved to win today.”
With only one win their firVW IRur JDPHV, WKH LDGy Monarchs have some work to do this seasonI but iamsback knows that his team should improveI especially considering they’re starting three freshmen and two sophomores right now who are still developing.
“We are young and our youth is going to get better as the season goesI” he said. “It’s early onI but we’ll be patient. They’re getting better every game and they’re communication is going to improve. I’m very optimistic. It takes a young team time to mold and I think that’ll happen and we’ll be finH IRr WKH VHDVRn.”
GMA will look to get its second win of the season on Thursday when it hosts Villa Maria in another AACA meeting.
As for the MountI which is still undefeated on the season after three gamesI things are looking good for a team which Kulp said worked as hard as possible during the offseason and continues to give her everything she asks for.
“The girls worked very hard in our preseason and they were perfectI” Kulp said. “They did everything I asked them to do and nowI we’re working on time management and the girls are controlling the ball well and doing everything very well. Today was a great win. Gwynedd is our archrivalI so it’s always a big game.”
The football was bouncing with without rhyme or reason after PlymouthWhitemarsh’s Corey Kelly caused a fumble and Terry Brown bolted to the loose ballI scooped and scored wLWK HDVH. 7KH HDrOy GHfiFLW forced Abington to rip up the game plan and go back to the drawing board.
Brown’s fumble recovery and two rushing touchdowns forced the Galloping Ghosts to go to the air early in the second half. The Ghosts’ senior Dylan Collins attempted more passes than expectedI and while he found the end zone on one occasionI the Colonials early advantage and late game ground attack secured the 45-1T nonleague win on Friday night.
The Ghosts refused to back down despite trailing 2T-0 after 15 minutes of play. Coach Tim porber continued to call deep passing routesI yet for a variety of reasons they could never connect. Collins saw passes sail wideI plays get called back because of penaltiesI and a few fall WKrRuJK WKH finJHrV. AW RnH VWLnW he threw 10 consecutive incomplete passes.
“I did not play my best gameI” Collins said. “pometimes you just have to take shots. No one is going to put their head down. We are going to make a run and be playing our best football in lctober.”
The Colonials’ defense did not help the Ghosts and Collins’ comeback attempt as the defense played press coverage to near perfection. penior cornerback Cory Grabowski had an interception and multiple pass GHflHFWLRnV. 6R, WKRuJK Collins made several smart GHFLVLRnV, KH finLVKHG RnOy completing 26 percent of his passes for 54 yards. Tight end Trey Guaglionna’s 19yard catch went for points in the third quarter.
“We are working to get guys in the right positions at practiceI” Colonials’ coach Dan Chang said. “We can still cut out some penaltiesI but I was pretty happy with the way we executed.”
The Ghosts running back Craig Reynolds showed a good burst on his 12 carriesI but the slow start did not allow the defending puburban lne National Conference champs to keep giving him the ball in the second half. The senior picked up 114 yardsI including a 30-yard touchdown run.
“We felt good at the half Etrailing 2T-10)I” Reynolds said. “We have to come together as a team and I will make sure of that personally. We have a long season ahead of us.”
The Colonials countered Reynolds’ running with the tandem that teamed up on the firVW TuDrWHr IuPEOH rHFRvHry. KellyI who forced the fumbleI also carried 21 times for 119 yardsI including a 4T-yard VFRrH Rn WKHLr firVW VHrLHV.
“:H FDPH RuW firVW SODy and executed exactly how we wanted toI” Chang said. “We KDG D JRRG firVW GrLvH DnG LW VHW the tone for us overall. EKelly and Brown) played so hard for four quarters. They play both ways and I still see them breaking tackles in the fourth quarter. It is tough not to give them the ball.”
BrownI who scooped and scored on the game-changing defensive playI wore down the Ghosts’ defense in the second half. As time ticked offI Brown got stronger and added 126 yards on 16 carries. There was a lot of concern about the Colonials’ unknowns in the rushing gameI but after two games and two 100-yard efforts by both Kelly and BrownI those questions can be put to rest. The Colonials E2-0I 0-0) are ready to prove they can be just as good as they were last year.
“Everyone has been saying that we are not as good as last yearI” Brown said. “We made it a point to come out here and beat a good team like Abington. iast year’s talent rubbed off on us and we are really motivated this year to win.”
Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Alton Custus pulls in a pass neat the sidelines.