Mount pt. Joseph blanks Ply­mouth-whitemarsh bat­ters Abing­ton Gwynedd Mercy

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Mike Prince By An­drew Marcus

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.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s Al­ton Cus­tus pulls in a pass neat the side­lines.

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